Farmland in the Palouse, Washington, USA
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Time to make tracks. Harvest time in the Palouse
The Palouse region is an unusually hilly prairie straddling the US states of Washington and Idaho. The land and the weather patterns make it ideal for wheat and lentil farming and the Palouse produces more lentils than any other part of the US. This time of year, the soft white wheat harvest is on, as the crop turns from green to gold and, for the farmers, from harvest to profit. Before Europeans and early US settlers arrived, the Palouse was occupied by the Nez Perce people, who bred and raised horses with spotted coats - a breed that would eventually come to be known as Appaloosas.