|The full harvest moon illuminates a John Deere combine on a farm on the prairies. AP Photo|
This weekend we have the spectacular large, full and most times orange Harvest Moon. The full moon will be in the sky around 11:18pm Saturday night in Montreal. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox which occurred last weekend. When I was living in Saskatchewan it was a busy time of year with harvest in full swing. Combines would often hum late into the night under the bright, almost daylight at times produced by the full moon. It was a rather beautiful, peaceful scene to see a combine harvesting a field of wheat with the large orange moon lighting the landscape. This year excellent weather in the southern Prairies has allowed the harvest to be well ahead of schedule. According to Saskatchewan Agriculture, almost 74 per cent of the crop has already been harvested. Nevertheless farmers are busy harvesting, hauling bales, seeding winter cereals and controlling weeds and will welcome the extra light at a time when daylight is dwindling. This is true for farmers right across the country who are beyond busy in September and October securing their crops as well as preparing their farms and animals for the long winter ahead.