Janel: Legendary Jamestown, North Dakota
Jamestown, North Dakota – This Jamestown, North Dakota farm we are currently on is “almost” like home sweet home and has become a special place to me as we’ve been coming here since 1989. This farm family is one amazing farm family. I really appreciate all of them and getting to visit with them when we are here harvesting. I went home to Nebraska for school from this farm many times. When I think about all of the harvest memories I have here it’s just a big ol reminder of how time flies. I can remember riding in the combine here with my sister and falling asleep in the buddy seat and also riding in the truck with my mom and hauling all of the loads of spring wheat and barley to grain bins on the farm. This past year my mom found a picture of me running combine and on the back of the picture it said, “Jamestown, North Dakota 1994.” I wasn’t even a teenager yet and I could run a combine all by myself! It’s all amazing to me at how time really does just fly by!
I’ve been told it’s a drought year here but all of the crops look good to me. We have been cutting spring wheat and the yields have been in the 55 to 65 bushels per acre range, the test weights have been 60 plus and the protein has been good at 15 and 16 percent. The wheat was not sprayed and the grain wasn’t too dry. Almost every load was 15 percent moisture or higher. The cutting conditions have been rather tough as well. Howard Hale called me while I was out cutting wheat and we discussed the low wheat acres, high row crop acres and the cutting conditions. I always enjoy getting a call from Howard Hale for a Harvest USA report. I listen to his morning and afternoon programs almost daily.
However, our run here was short because there just aren’t that many wheat acres here anymore. Almost everything is planted to corn and soybeans. I can remember when everything in the Jamestown area was spring wheat and barley and every acre was windrowed. I can’t believe how things have changed so much. We’ll finish up and get moved up to the Grand Forks, North Dakota area and harvest spring wheat and canola. The forecast looks sunny for 10 days so hopefully just maybe we can have a good run at our next and last stop on our wheat harvest run!
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal
and John Deere. Janel Schemper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org