Pierre, South Dakota – We’ve been in the Pierre, South Dakota area since mid-July and we’ve been working but it’s been a slow progress. We’ve dealt with several rain showers (which have brought some relief from the summer drought), high humidity and a few cloudy days. It’s also been one day at a time waiting on fields of spring wheat to ripen. It takes heat, wind and lots of sunshine to get the wheat to ripen and lately the temperature has been mostly in just the high seventies.
We could finish here in South Dakota pretty soon if the weather would just cooperate. Today, it’s cloudy with high humidity. We need the sun to shine so we can get done before it rains again! The last few fields of spring wheat we harvested yielded 38 to 50 bushels per acre. The protein has been 17-20 percent and the test weights have been 55 to 59 pounds. That’s pretty good for a drought year. The later planted wheat on summer fallow was more successful this year. I had a Harvest USA report with Howard Hale a week ago and we discussed how the wheat acres were short this year and there are lots of row crops planted including soybeans, corn and sunflowers.
When we get all finished up here we will be moving up to North Dakota (one of my favorite states on our route) to harvest spring wheat and canola. North Dakota is an amazing place to be and the people there are simply great. I enjoy all of our harvest days spent there! I look forward to the cool mornings and evenings as well as harvesting good crops! I’m also excited to go to a private garden we are welcome to each year to get sweet corn, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and lots of great vegetables. My favorite garden fresh vegetables are North Dakota tomatoes! Yum!
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