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Emma: Yeah, my Momma did that!
Emma Misener

EmmaWe recently took a trip to South Dakota to attend a funeral. The father of some close friends, and customers of ours, passed away. When we are harvesting up there, every Sunday after mass, we went to visit “Grandpa Al” in the nursing home. He had such a sense of humor and was never without a smile on his face. We have known this family for years and consider them a part of our family.

When it was time to take the trip back home, we were gifted with good ol’ South Dakota rhubarb from the farm! We have tried to transplant some rhubarb in the past, but Oklahoma has something that South Dakota does not: armadillos. Those darn armadillos eat rhubarb like candy and we cannot keep them out of it.

Momma being who she is decided to make some homemade strawberry-rhubarb pie! This does NOT mean buying a pre-made crust. She makes her own scrumptious crust. This is absolutely my favorite kind of pie. There are none that compare! And that goes for my Momma, too.

Emma: Yeah my Momma did that!

Emma: Yeah my Momma did that!
Yeah, you’re counting that right. Four pies!

Emma: Yeah my Momma did that!

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.

Wheat harvest progresses north
Wheat harvest progresses north avatar

Texas– Harvest of winter wheat continued in the Blacklands. Wheat harvest continued in many areas of the Southern Low Plains.

Oklahoma– Condition of winter wheat continued to be rated 76 percent in poor to very poor condition.  Wheat harvested jumped 27 points from the previous week to reach 74 percent complete.

Kansas– Winter wheat conditions rated 28 percent very poor, 34 poor, 27 fair, 10 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat coloring was 93 percent, ahead of 89 last year, but near 95 for the five-year average.  Winter wheat mature was 66 percent, ahead of 42 last year, but equal to the average. Winter wheat harvested was 24 percent, ahead of 7 last year, but behind 34 average.

Colorado– Up from 18 percent last week, 34 percent of the spring wheat crop was headed, on par with the average of 34 percent. Fifty-two percent of the winter wheat crop was coloring as of last week, up from 26 percent previously.

Nebraska– Winter wheat conditions rated 6 percent very poor, 16 poor, 32 fair, 42 good, and 4 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 99 percent, near 97 last year and 98 average. Winter wheat coloring was 62 percent, well ahead of 35 last year, and 52 average. Winter wheat mature was 4 percent, ahead of 1 last year, but behind 13 average.

South Dakota– Winter wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 4 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 98 percent. Headed was 88 percent, ahead of 60 last year and the five-year average of 83. Winter wheat coloring was 1 percent.

Spring wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 19 fair, 65 good, and 13 excellent. Spring wheat jointed was 74 percent.  Headed was 29 percent, ahead of last year at 21, but behind 42 average.

North Dakota– Winter wheat jointed advanced to 91 percent. Headed was 44 percent. Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 11 poor, 40 fair, 41 good, and 4 excellent.

Durum wheat planted rated 97 percent, ahead of last year at 92 and the five-year average of 89. Emerged was 87 percent, ahead of 80 last year and 83 average. Jointing rated 19 percent, ahead of 14 last year, but well behind 35 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 10 fair, 83 good, and 6 excellent.

Spring wheat emerged was 97 percent, well ahead of last year at 78 and 92 average. Jointed was 45 percent, well ahead of last year at 20, but near 48 average. Headed rated 5 percent, ahead of last year at 0 percent, but behind 12 average.  Spring wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 68 good, and 15 excellent.

Wheat harvest well under way in Oklahoma
Wheat harvest well under way in Oklahoma avatar

Texas– Winter wheat continued to be harvested across most of the state. Much needed rainfall delayed harvest in some areas but was too little too late for the dryland portion of the crop. Harvest of small grains continued in areas of Southeast Texas.

Oklahoma– Condition of the winter wheat continued to be rated 76 percent in poor to very poor condition. Wheat harvested reached 47 percent complete, 9 points behind normal.

Kansas– Winter wheat conditions rated 28 percent very poor, 35 poor, 26 fair, 10 good, and 1 excellent.  Winter wheat coloring was 83 percent, ahead of 67 last year, but equal to the five-year average.  Winter wheat mature was 28 percent, ahead of 9 last year, but behind 40 average.  Winter wheat harvested was 2 percent, ahead of 0 last year, but behind 19 average.

Colorado– Eighteen percent of the state’s spring wheat crop was headed, behind 37 percent last year and 22 percent on average.  Virtually all winter wheat was headed, ahead of 93 percent on average.  Twenty-six percent was coloring, up from 13 percent previously.

Nebraska– Winter wheat conditions rated 8 percent very poor, 16 poor, 32 fair, 41 good, and 3 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 94 percent, ahead of 84 last year, but near 91 average. Winter wheat coloring was 18 percent, ahead of 6 last year, but behind 30 average.

South Dakota– Winter wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 4 poor, 29 fair, 61 good, and 6 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 76 percent.  Headed was 58 percent, ahead of 35 last year, but behind the five-year average of 66.

Spring wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 25 fair, 67 good, and 8 excellent.  Emerged was 97 percent, behind 100 last year and 99 average.  Spring wheat jointed was 47 percent.  Headed was 9 percent, behind last year at 17 and 26 average.

North Dakota– Winter wheat jointed advanced to 80 percent. Headed was 13 percent. Winter wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 13 poor, 41 fair, 38 good, and 3 excellent.

Durum wheat planted rated 84 percent, near last year at 87 and the five-year average of 85. Emerged was 70 percent, near 73 last year, but behind 76 average. Jointing rated 4 percent, equal to last year, but well behind 22 average. Condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 7 fair, 87 good, and 5 excellent.

Spring wheat planted was 96 percent, ahead of 85 last year, but near 93 average. Emerged was 85 percent, ahead of last year at 72, but near 86 average. Jointed was 17 percent, ahead of last year at 10, but behind 33 average. Spring wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 69 good, and 14 excellent.

Rain delays harvest in areas of Texas
Rain delays harvest in areas of Texas avatar

Texas– Wheat harvest continued across most of the state. Precipitation slowed wheat harvest in Southeast Texas. Harvest was in full swing in areas of the Cross Timbers

Oklahoma– Condition of the winter wheat in Oklahoma remained virtually unchanged despite the recent rains, with 76 percent rated in poor to very poor condition.  Wheat harvested reached 26 percent complete, 11 point behind normal.

Kansas– Winter wheat conditions rated 28 percent very poor, 35 poor, 26 fair, 10 good, and 1 excellent.  Winter wheat coloring was 64 percent, well ahead of 19 last year, but near the five-year average of 59.  Winter wheat mature was 13 percent, well ahead of 0 last year, but behind 23 average.

Colorado– Spring wheat was 3 percent headed and 12 percent behind the average.  Eighty-five percent of the winter wheat crop was headed, up from 63 percent previously.  Thirteen percent was turning color, compared with 3 percent last year and the average of 21 percent.

Nebraska– Winter wheat conditions rated 8 percent very poor, 16 poor, 34 fair, 39 good, and 3 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 97 percent, ahead of 95 last year, but equal to the five-year average. Winter wheat headed was 83 percent, well ahead of 56 last year and 77 average. Winter wheat coloring was 8 percent, ahead of 1 last year, but behind 17 average.

South Dakota– Winter wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 30 fair, 60 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 53 percent.  Headed was 23 percent, ahead of 7 last year, but behind the five-year average of 42.

Spring wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 22 fair, 66 good, and 12 excellent.  Emerged was 87 percent, behind 99 last year and 98 average. Spring wheat jointed was 15 percent. Headed was 5 percent, behind last year at 11 and 13 average.

North Dakota– Winter wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 15 poor, 38 fair, 40 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed advanced to 64 percent. Headed was 1 percent.

Durum wheat planted rated 73 percent, near last year at 75, but behind the five-year average of 79. Emerged was 51 percent, equal to last year, but behind 64 average. Jointed was 1 percent, near 0 last year, but behind 12 average.

 Spring wheat planted was 93 percent, ahead of 75 last year and 88 average. Emerged was 70 percent, ahead of last year at 56, but behind 74 average. Jointed was 9 percent, ahead of last year at 4, but behind 20 average. Spring wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 72 good, and 10 excellent.

Jada: Beginning of the season
Jada: Beginning of the season avatar

Jada_thumbnailAfter the last combine leaves the field, where do the harvesters go? Good question. Once the actual harvesting is over, there are plenty of things to do. One would think there isn’t any work left to do; however, that just isn’t the case. We have to clean up our equipment and get it ready for next year. The paperwork end of things is where our season begins in the winter months. That is one of the things I am in charge of. Whether we are hiring foreign labor or Americans, we post help wanted ads around the United States. We apply for visas, which is a grueling process, and work on improving parts of our business as we deem fit.

In the end a harvesters primary goal is to hire the best crew for the upcoming year, have equipment that is up and running properly when the rush comes again and fix any bugs or issues that occurred the year before. This could be anywhere from paperwork to protocol- not just the equipment itself. While this sums up our goals for the winter, it doesn’t necessarily do justice to the labor incurred.

As spring arrives, our crew also starts arriving. I am always excited for our team members to arrive because in most instances, we have never met our crew unless they are returning from previous years. It is interesting to see who we have been interviewing on the phone and emailing. Oftentimes, I feel we are watching the young crew members grow through the season. They leave their families, friends, home and oftentimes country to join our harvest family. While there are hiccups along the way, it is usually fun for all. Everyone has their own special personality and they fit in differently. Add this up with not knowing what our harvest season holds for us weather and wheat wise and you have yourself a little journey that everyone seems to grow from. We hope you join Hoffman Harvesting once again as we experience another unique journey this harvest season. All aboard!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Jada can be reached at jada@allaboardharvest.com.

Harvest continues in Southern Plains
Harvest continues in Southern Plains avatar

Texas– Winter wheat harvest was underway in areas of the Northern High Plains. Wet conditions in the Blacklands delayed harvest in the area. Harvest continued in North East Texas, aided by warm weather. Wheat harvest was underway in areas of the Southern Low Plains.

Oklahoma– Condition of the winter wheat in Oklahoma continued to deteriorate, with 78 percent rated in poor to very poor condition. Wheat headed was virtually complete by week’s end while wheat harvested reached 6 percent complete, 14 point behind normal.

Kansas– Winter wheat conditions rated 28 percent very poor, 34 poor, 27 fair, 10 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 96 percent, ahead of 90 last year, but near the five-year average of 97. Winter wheat coloring was 37 percent, well ahead of 0 last year and 33 average.

Colorado– Winter wheat percent headed and spring wheat emergence showed the largest advances in development from previous week’s values, namely 63 percent and 94 percent, respectively.

Nebraska– Winter wheat conditions rated 8 percent very poor, 18 poor, 34 fair, 37 good, and 3 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 94 percent, ahead of 90 last year, but equal to the five-year average. Winter wheat headed was 60 percent, well ahead of 24 last year, but near 56 average.

South Dakota– Winter wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 35 fair, 57 good, and 3 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 43 percent. Headed was 11 percent, ahead of 2 last year, but behind the five year average of 24.

Spring wheat was 95 percent planted, near 100 last year and 99 average. Emerged was 82 percent, behind 92 last year and 94 average. Spring wheat jointed was 13 percent. Headed was 5 percent, ahead of 0 last year, but near 4 average. Spring wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 22 fair, 66 good, and 12 excellent.

North Dakota– Winter wheat jointed advanced to 46 percent. Winter wheat condition rated 5 percent very poor, 16 poor, 39 fair, 38 good, and 2 excellent.

Durum wheat planted rated 62 percent, ahead of last year at 54, but behind the five-year average of 69. Emerged was 29 percent, near 28 last year, but behind 49 average.

Spring wheat planted was 83 percent, ahead of 64 last year, but near 81 average. Emerged was 51 percent, ahead of last year at 40, but behind 61 average.

Harvest Getting Underway in Texas
Harvest Getting Underway in Texas avatar

Texas– Winter wheat conditions improved in areas of the Northern High Plains that received recent rainfall. Harvest was underway in the Blacklands and South Central Texas.

Oklahoma- Condition of the winter wheat in Oklahoma continued to decline, with 78 percent rated in poor to very poor condition. Wheat jointing was virtually complete by week’s end while wheat headed reached 99 percent complete, one point ahead of the five year average.

Kansas- Winter wheat condition rated 27 percent very poor, 34 poor, 28 fair, 10 good, and 1 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 89 percent, ahead of 69 last year and the five-year average of 87. Winter wheat coloring was 11 percent, ahead of 0 last year but behind 20 average.

Colorado- Spring wheat seeding was virtually completed as of last week, with 72 percent was emerged, compared with 75 percent last year and 81 percent on average. Eighty-seven percent of the winter wheat crop was jointed, up 19 percentage points from the previous week. Thirty-eight percent was headed, compared with 9 percent last year and 45 percent on average.

Nebraska- Winter wheat condition rated 8 percent very poor, 19 poor, 33 fair, 38 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 80 percent, ahead of 76 last year, but behind the five-year average of 88. Winter wheat headed was 28 percent, well ahead of 6 last year, but behind 33 average.

South Dakota- Winter wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 6 poor, 36 fair, 56 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 28 percent. Spring wheat was 89 percent planted, behind 99 last year and the five-year average of 97. Emerged was 59 percent, behind 74 last year and 82 average.

North Dakota- Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 17 poor, 39 fair, 39 good, and 2 excellent. Winter wheat jointed advanced to 33 percent. Spring wheat planted was 59 percent, near 60 last year, but behind 73 average. Emerged was 26 percent, near last year at 25, but well behind 46 average. Durum wheat planted rated 37 percent, well behind last year at 50 and 60 for the five-year average. Emerged was 10 percent, behind 17 last year and 35 average.

 

Emma: The Ending of a Season
Emma Misener

Emma_thumbnailThe ending of a season, so bittersweet. The nights are getting cooler, the weather is rainy and cool, and I might be crazy but the trees here in South Dakota have a yellow tint to them. The wheat harvest season is coming to a close and we are anxiously awaiting fall crops to ripen and turn their fall colors. I hate to see it end so quickly. I feel like we have just started. I will miss the hot days of summer and the golden wheat in the blowing wind, but I am looking forward to the fall colors and the change of crops. I love each season in their own way. God really knew what he was doing.

With the changing season, comes an ending to All Aboard Wheat Harvest for another year. I love writing and sharing my way of life with AAWH followers. You are with me from the great state of Oklahoma, through the panhandle of Texas, and up to South Dakota harvesting the crops that feed the world. Wheat is such a massive part of our food industry, and I am proud to be part of it.

Thank you High Plains Journal and Syngenta for giving me this opportunity to share the first step in making that loaf of bread on your table. A little more of this world is beginning to understand the commitment and hard work that it takes to feed the world.
A heartfelt thank you to AAWH followers for reading my blog and articles in the High Plains Journal. I feel like I know each one of you personally. Thank you for your feedback as well. My job would not be as fun if it weren’t for the comments and questions I receive.

Emma: End of the Season
From my family to yours, have a wonderful rest of the year. Be safe and God bless!
-Emma Misener from Misener Family Harvesters

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta 
Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com 

Emma: Oats
Emma Misener

Emma_thumbnailFinally in the field! If only for eight acres. A frown to follow that last statement. The rain quit and the wind blew enough to dry out the oats and get in the field. We pulled in, took a sample to town and it was right on the verge of being too wet, but we started cutting at 13 percent moisture. What a good feeling. Since the oats have fallen over from the recent rain and wind, picking it up off of the ground is its own challenge. It is wet and green on the bottom, ripe and dry on the top, so cutting the stems feels like cutting wire. Low and slow is our motto at the moment. We cut around eight acres and then the rain came. I guess little by little we will still get the job done. Hoping for some dryer weather to finish it up.

Emma: oats

Emma: oats

Emma: oats

Emma: Dan combining oats
Dan happy to be combining.

Emma: Leslie sleepin in the cab
I never thought I would see the day that Leslie would fall asleep, but now I have a picture to prove it. Even if it was only for ten minutes.

Emma: Unloading Oats

Emma: rain
Then the rain came again. Better luck tomorrow, maybe.

Emma: August ready to go
It is that time of year again. August is headed back to Kansas to get ready for school. Thanks for all of your help this year August. Come visit us sometime!

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta 
Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com 

Emma: Gregory Locals
Emma Misener

Emma_thumbnailEvery year I look forward to coming to Gregory, South Dakota. Not only for the lovely scenery, but for the good people and good food. Mona at the Ranch House has the best breakfast in town. I will take any bet that a grown man cannot eat two of her pancakes. We took August there for his first time for breakfast, he ordered her pancake, and could not eat even one of them! If you are passing through on your way to the Black Hills, be sure to stop by Mona’s at the Ranch House. She will fill you up for sure!

Emma: ranch house

Emma: ranch house
August and his pancake he could not finish! Not only is is big around, but it’s about an inch and a half thick.

You don’t find many of these! That is right, a Drive-In Theater. Gregory, So. Dak. still has one and it is an experience like no other. Since it is raining, why not go to a movie? Dispicable Me 2 was showing and Leslie was not the only one to enjoy it. It is a great movie.

Emma: Drive-In Theater

Emma: Drive-In Theater

Emma: American Legion
On Sunday nights, the American Legion is the place to go for supper. They have the best steak in town and the friendliest people running it. Darrell and his wife Sandy will definitely treat you right and give you a good conversation to boot!
Other locals like Ivan and his wife Shirley are there every Sunday night. Once we are in town and get to the Legion, Ivan is right there ready to greet us. He makes a bee-line to our table and cannot wait to talk about All Aboard Wheat Harvest. He has followed me since my first year at AAWH as a guest corespondent. He has got to be my biggest fan. He may not be an internet enthusiast, but he makes sure he receives the High Plains Journal to read up on the latest. It is always nice to talk to him, especially because he had a lot in common with my Dad. Ivan has some antique equipment of his own to play around with. Thank you Ivan for being such an avid follower of AAWH.
Emma: Ivan and Shirley

Emma: American Legion
This sign hangs in the American Legion. One word to describe: Absolutely!

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta
Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com