03 Jul Steph: Back in the field
After two days of marketing, we decided it was time to head to a stop where we knew we had acres to cut. I mean don’t get me wrong, there is nothing like driving around with Dad, scouting fields and listening to him sing to Justin Bieber but there’s only so much a girl can take. Gosh, he’s going to love me for that. We arrived in Hemingford, Neb., late afternoon on Saturday (June 30th). Our travels weren’t far but the heat made it feel twice as long. All our rigs were on the brink of overheating and we had to babysit the gauges and take periodic breaks alongside the road either to cool off or let the caravans behind us go by.
The combines saw wheat again today (July 1st) and we were able to get a solid day of productivity in. The smoke from the Colorado fires is even reaching us here and the sky has a haze to it from morning till night. Hazy skies make you tired. Looks like rain, but it’s only a teaser. As much as we don’t want rain during harvest, it’s hard not to welcome it when everywhere is so in need.
Protein levels are great at 13 percent, test weights in the 60s, yields are in the 30s and moisture ranged between 10 to 11 percent.
Quote of the Day: “How many Mountain Dews does it take to keep a harvester goin’?”
Dad and I walk the field to make sure it’s good to go.
Roading equipment to our first field of the stop.
Brandon makes the first cut into the field.
Normally there are over 20 trucks in line at a time. Check out the shrinkage!
Sun behind the haze. Beauuuuutiful!
All Aboard Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta. You can contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.