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Janel: Anticipation and Energy

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

Schemper Harvesting 2018Miss Moo living the dream!!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Soybean harvest has begun.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Cutting soybeans.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Cutting soybeans.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Very good soybeans.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Schemper Harvesting trucks loaded and tarped in the field.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Very good soybeans.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Very good soybeans.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Cutting soybeans.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Very good soybeans.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Miss Moo living the dream!!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Miss Moo living the dream!!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Cutting soybeans.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018It rained so picking corn is the next option.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Picking corn.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Picking corn.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018We had wind and sunshine so back to the soybean field!  Miss Moo loves ice cream!  Whatever I have she gets half!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018A beautiful night of cutting soybeans.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Sprinkles on my windows.  No thanks!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Got showered out again.  Frustrating!!!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018All I want to do!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Taking off all four big tires. That’s how I spent my Friday evening. Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018The combine now has six tires.  Duals and 30-inch back tires are on!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Picking corn.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Miss Moo is snuggly in the combine and sleeping on my coat!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Everyone tells me to frame this one!  Will do!  Thanks!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Unloading corn on the go!  Photo by Janel Schemper.

Schemper Harvesting 2018Done for the day.  All combines, grain carts and trucks are full.  Photo by Janel Schemper.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere.  Janel Schemper can be reached at janel@allaboardharvest.com.

3 Comments
  • Lyle Riedy
    Posted at 11:23h, 11 October

    I understand changing out to duals but what tire sizes are on the back and why?

  • Norm Rotruck
    Posted at 07:44h, 12 October

    Do so appreciate your blog! Thanks for all you do in the name of agriculture! Blessings and hope to see you in 2019.

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 20:30h, 12 October

    Super stuff Janel ,love the post , great pictures ,that Miss Moo is priceless . I think 2018 is going to be a harvest to remember ,Here in Alberta ,the Calgary area got a 1ft of snow on Oct.2 a record , it is almost gone as of Oct,12 .Weather is going to be mint next week 60 /70 f Sure is nice that your into some good yields ,are the beans & corn coming off dry ? Work Safe & give Miss Moo a big rub from us !!