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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Jada: Hoffman Harvesting wraps up harvest in Limon
Jada: Hoffman Harvesting wraps up harvest in Limon avatar

Thanks to another sunny day in Limon, Colo., we have finally wrapped up harvest at this stop. We are loaded and ready to move to Gettysburg, SD, where we will reunite with the rest of the crew. Since it is a long trip, we will leave early tomorrow so we can reach our destination. The trip will take us around 10 hours if we don’t have any major break downs or flat tires.

We will have a couple days of harvesting winter wheat in Gettysburg and then we will have a break as the spring wheat is still off a week or so. Hopefully the weather will agree so that everyone can take some time out to go to Sturgis, SD to attend the 69th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. You can go to http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/ for more info on this popular South Dakota event. We are also looking forward to going to river to enjoy boating and jet skiing and of course can’t wait to see family and friends we haven’t seen since May.

Jada Bulgin can be reached at jada@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

Jada: A three load day
Jada: A three load day avatar

Combine
It was somewhat sunny when we started cutting at 5 p.m. yesterday.

Yesterday, we were cautiously optimistic we would be able to cut for awhile. We went out the field in the early afternoon to test the moisture and it was at 15 percent. Since we needed it to be 13.5 percent, we waited for awhile and went back out and tested at 5 p.m. We were so excited because we were able to cut!

There was a 50 percent chance of rain and it was very overcast in town, but as we got closer to the field the clouds seemed to break up. It started raining in town and it still wasn’t raining at the field. We were all keeping our fingers crossed and hoping that the rain would miss our field. We got three loads worth of wheat cut before we got rained out. Since that was better than not cutting at all, we when home feeling glad that we were in the field for a short while.

Dumping

Mark jumps into a loaded truck to take it to the elevator to get dumped as Euan works on filling up another truck. We cut three loads of wheat before we got rained out.

Today was an even better day than yesterday. The sun was out and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We started cutting in the early afternoon. The weather forecasts show that it should be sunny tomorrow too. If we get one more day of sun, it should be enough so we can wrap up harvest in Limon, Colo.

Jada Bulgin can be reached at jada@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

Jenna: Prepping for a move to Montana
Jenna: Prepping for a move to Montana avatar

Each time we move to a new stop, it takes two trips to get all of the equipment there. Because the weather has been uncooperative here in Colorado and the wheat is nearly ready at our stop in Montana, we are making our first trip to Montana tomorrow. We will take the trailer house, grain truck and two vehicles; leaving the combine, semi and tool truck here in Colorado. This way, my sisters and I can stay in Montana while my parents come back to Colorado, cut the small amount of wheat we have left (which will hopefully be dry by then), and then finish the move to Montana. Doing this will help us avoid spending several days on the road when we could be cutting.

Jenna Zeorian can be reached at jenna@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.