10 Oct Janel: Anticipation and Energy
Holdrege, Nebraska – I got home from North Dakota on September 11th and started cutting soybeans on September 13th. Fall harvest was quickly in full swing which made me very happy! I cut for 16 consecutive days and had big dreams of harvesting all fall without any stops. Mother Nature has held us up recently. We’ve had some rain delays and it just pushes us back.
All I want to do is be in the field all day every day until we finish harvest (typically in November sometimes December). I’ve been fighting the weather almost the entire harvest season (May through present). Once we get back in the field, hopefully we will finish up soybean harvest without any more delays and then I’ll be on to the race of harvesting dry corn. I very much enjoy corn harvest. That’s when the prettiest sunsets of the year take place!
The soybean yields have been anywhere from 55 to upper 80’s bushels per acre. The corn yields have been 250+ bushels per acre. One field of hailed on soybeans yielded only 20 bushels per acre.
I should’ve mentioned before that it took me three days to get home from wheat harvest. Our crew that was out in Montana finished up in Cut Bank and it took them almost a week to get home. And when they got here they went straight to the field. The rain does allow for one good thing and that is rest. Everyone needs rest or a break sometimes. Miss Moo gets plenty of rest regardless and prefers naps in the combine!
This is more than likely my last AAWH post for 2018. At this time, I am going to go ahead and thank so many people. First off, thank you to our farmer customers. I appreciate you hiring us and trusting us to handle the work. Hopefully you already know and trust that we always do our very best. I’d like to thank all of the nice people we get to see each harvest season along our harvest route (7 states) and at home too. The elevator, fuel stations, dealership parts and service, and restaurant people, are all very much appreciated. The John Deere Harvest Support guys also deserve a big thank you. I only had to call them once this summer and they were there and had the problem fixed so quickly. Always so very much appreciated.
Thank you to the All Aboard Wheat Harvest followers. I appreciate the comments, emails, and your interest in harvest too! High Plains Journal has been my favorite ag magazine since forever. The opportunity to tell my harvest story through the blog and magazine is a blessing and is a responsibility I take very seriously. A big thank you also goes to the sponsors that support this excellent educational opportunity. The sponsors include, John Deere, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, Unverferth Mfg. Co., Inc., AgriPro and High Plains Journal. Thanks again for your support! -Janel
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