Once wheat harvest starts to wind down in the Golden Triangle of Montana, farmers who grow boutique crops such as barley, chickpeas, lentils, and other grains begin the work of reaping what they have sowed. Such was the case recently on the Inbody farm near Dutton and Choteau, Montana.
I spent a couple of days on the Inbody farm getting in the way trying to capture the harvest of a crop I have yet to spend much time around and add photos to my collection of agriculture photos and farm photos. I learned that chickpeas in their dried form are later hydrated to be used in such dishes as humus or as garbanzo beans in salad bars. There aren't many farmers who grow chickpeas in these parts, but the few who do almost universally say they do, especially when wheat prices are horribly low as they were this year.
The Inbody's have been growing chickpeas for years. Harvesting doesn't require the myriad of combines you often see on large wheat operations. In this case only Scott Inbody worked the field as his father and son took truckloads of chickpeas back to the bins.
Harvesting chickpeas is a dusty job. Even dustier, it seems, than cutting wheat. Which for me is OK. Dust helps make dramatic photos. So I'm happy with that.
Here is a small collection of 20+ photos I made during chickpeas harvest on the Inbody farm this late summer. I hope you enjoy them.