30 Jul Janel: South Dakota Winter Wheat
Pierre, South Dakota – We made the big trip from Sidney, Nebraska up to the Pierre, South Dakota area and had a great trip. The outside temperature was only 70 degrees and we didn’t have any tire troubles. That’s a lot to be thankful for on a big day of traveling. However, there were two places where we got stopped for road construction. There’s a really big hill north of Bridgeport, Nebraska and so I was getting prepared for it. I was speeding up going down a hill so I could easily make the upcoming big hill (I was hauling a combine and 40’ header) and no joke road construction stopped me right before the big hill. I couldn’t believe my eyes. When the flagman eventually turned his sign from STOP to SLOW it made me laugh out loud! I did make it up the hill but certainly very slowly. I couldn’t believe this situation and thought to myself, “Oh what a life. That’s just the way it is sometimes.” Everyone should get to drive a truck just so they know how it is out on the road.
We got here and went straight to the field. The winter wheat we cut made 60 bushels per acre and the test weights were 61 pounds. The protein was 12.0 to 13.9 percent. It’s the best wheat I’ve cut all summer as far as thrashing. It was smooth like bread and butter. I didn’t lose any horsepower while combining. It was not only good to get here and go to the field right away but to have such nice wheat to cut is a huge blessing.
I am glad to finally be here and hopefully have many big days of cutting wheat ahead of us. The weather forecast is hot and dry for the next ten days. South Dakota is a beautiful place to be in the summertime.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Janel Schemper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.