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Sheridan County, Kansas:



Laura describes what has happened to her family's crop.

High Plains Harvesting 2018
Sad looking wheat. (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018
Wheat belongs in the bin, not the ground. (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018
The latest crop of HPH mascots are at the farm. (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018
Equipment headed to Colorado. (Photo credit: Laura)

I think the saying goes something like this, “The only thing that is certain in life is death and taxes.” This year, I would modify the end to read, “death, taxes, and hail.” There seems to be so much hail damage this year. The area surrounding our headquarters

Sidney, Nebraska – It’s been hot and windy and we have been busy cutting wheat lately. The yields have been anywhere from 25 to 60 bushels per acre.  The wheat quality has varied.  The test weights 57 to 65 lbs and the protein 9-12%.  If you want good protein it’s necessary to put on the fertilizer.  It did rain Friday evening anywhere from .35 to 1.5 inches.  And guess what?  There is more rain in the forecast.  I do not like it when it rains while we are here cutting wheat



Onida, South Dakota - Make sure you watch the above video for a summary of last weeks activities.

A quick synopsis: With SW Kansas finally finished we intended to move up to Big Springs, Nebraska for our next job. However, in another weather-related twist to the 2018 harvest, the worst case scenario of two states ready for harvest simultaneously has become a reality. So in an agonizing decision we have made arrangements to skip our Nebraska job and move 600+ miles to Onida, South Dakota.

It's disheartening, a little tough on morale and negatively affects the financial bottom

Limon, Colorado - The custom harvester continues to struggle with the 2018 harvest season.

What began in May with severe drought in the southern states and the late season freezes, continues now with the nasty four-letter word…hail. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, the images on social media will provide you with a pretty good idea of what we’re up against.

I honestly believe when a farmer plants and cares for a crop, he doesn’t do it with the hope of harvest being eliminated by the Great White Combine. If that’s the case, why even farm?

BT Harvesting Photo credit to Amanda

Limon, Colorado - Goodness, it's such a catch 22. I either have enough time to do the things I need to do (which means we're doing nothing in the field) OR I'm scrambling to figure out how to make it all work.

I'm behind on catching the world up to what we're up to. I'm behind on paying bills. I'm behind on getting laundry done. Where do I start? But it's like this because we're working...and that's a GOOD thing. A very good thing.

Z Crew Nice wind-blown hairdo there TZ