14 Jun Steph: Another day in the books
Our farmer has his own combine, grain cart and semi that he likes to use while we are here so technically, only one of the three of us that are normally out in the field 24/7 are needed out there. Since the crop isn’t so hot this year, Farmer Mike uses his own equipment as much as he can to cut down on harvesting costs. Imagine; my brother, my dad and I “fighting” to be the one running the combine. The other options if you are not running the combine are slim, such as riding with someone or sitting on the end in case something goes wrong and help is needed. Occasionally, we will have to drive our farmer’s grain cart or truck, but just long enough to get comfortable and then the usual driver will be back. We all seem to find something to occupy our time though, so it has yet to be an issue.
Yields have been about the same, in the 15-25 range. A few times in the last couple fields, my yield monitor has shot up to the 30s! I made sure to announce it over the radio whenever I witnessed this happening.
Quote of the Day: “In this wheat, the grain cart is a great job! You can read a book, go drive around and survey the field, get out and chase a rabbit for awhile even!”
Our New Holland and Farmer Mike’s Deere, gettin’ after it.
View from inside my office. I won the Great Race to the Combine the last couple days!
This is how farmers converse with one another.
Joker pauses from his busy trucking schedule for a photo-op!
You can see from this picture how damaged and shrunk the kernels are from the freeze and drought this area has received.
Fields next to the mountains…beautiful.
This is Turk, our guest combine operator. This was the first time he has ever driven a New Holland before (he’s strictly a Deere man), so I had to document it for all to see.
Dad and Turk, talkin’ farming.
The lunch wagon.
Joker, making his way back to the field from the elevator only a few miles away.
Who doesn’t love sunsets?
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