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.  The fields are flat and mud easily becomes a

Southwest Nebraska - It’s still unreal to me that we had nothing to cut in western Kansas. I didn’t get to use my Shelbourne header much in Kansas this year.  Blue header time is one of my favorite times during wheat harvest.  I’m disappointed.

We spent the 4th of July cutting in southwest Nebraska.  The wheat yielded 80 plus bushels per acre and the test weight 61 lbs.  For the most part, the wheat was standing good but there were places where it was lodged.  That meant slow and low cutting.  It also made for a really long day of cutting

Enders, Nebraska – I’ve traveled quite a few miles the past couple of days while moving equipment from Kansas up north to southwest Nebraska. Our Kansas run was short this year.  Usually we spend the 4th of July in western Kansas but there was nothing there for us to cut this year.  I have seen way too many fields harvested by the great white combine.  We have lost wheat acres this summer due to hail.  Hail is bad not only for the farmer but also for the custom harvester.  It really throws a wrench in our plans.  There’s been an

Dodge City, Kansas area – Has the same old song and dance ever gotten on your nerves?  That’s what has been happening lately on harvest. I’ve been down this road many times before where we have lots of wheat to cut but we can’t get in the field because of the rain.

The race against the rain has been going on for a week now in Kansas. We’ve gotten some wheat cut but the rain has kept us from being super busy this past week. It rained about an inch Tuesday night.  We got to cut all day Thursday but then

Kinsley, Kansas – The wind had blown for days and there was rain in the forecast.  We harvested wheat up until it started raining.  Luckily, we got the field done and got the combines parked for the night and then the wind hit.  Soon after, it started raining.

I had been cutting wheat all day and the sky kept getting darker as the thunderstorms kept approaching.  I had been checking the radar on my phone often and the storms blew up all around us.  I was expecting to get rained out much sooner.  We were lucky enough to get the field

Kinsley, Kansas - We have been lucky enough to have wheat to cut and harvest weather lately.  We’ve also had south winds 20 to 35 mph for several consecutive days which has allowed us to start earlier in the mornings and cut later into the evenings too.  The wheat has been yielding 45 to 55 bushels per acre with 61 lbs test weights.  The wind singing Dixie everyday has helped us along.  I figure the wind will blow until it rains.  We have yet to get rained out this harvest but there is rain in the forecast.  We have come

Weatherford, Oklahoma - What an interesting spring we had this year. The cold winter air finally gave up in May.  I was asked over 100 times when I was leaving for harvest.  I typically don’t have the answer until the time comes to leave for harvest, but I estimated a June 1st start date.  I drove truck five days per week during the harvest off season up until three days before we left for harvest.  Most days, I would leave the shop yard at 5:30 a.m. and haul soybeans or corn all day long and return back to the shop yard

Holdrege, Nebraska - Hello harvest 2018. I am Janel Schemper and am a third generation custom harvester. Harvest has been a part of my life forever. Trucks and combines is my middle name and Princess Kate is my nickname according to my AAWH followers.

I look forward to the harvest every year, but it’s tough to find motivation for harvest this year. With all my years of going on harvest experience, I can tell you that no two years are the same. This year we are struggling with a drought down south. Far less acres and low yields are not what

Pierre, South Dakota – We are slowly making progress. We have been here a couple of weeks now and for the most part have spent most of our time waiting on spring wheat to ripen. We have cut a few fields (some have been hailed on), and overall the wheat is yielding around 30 bushels per acre. The protein has been 17-20 percent, which is excellent. However, the wheat is light, weighing about 55 pounds or so. The wheat is standing good, and the conditions have been fair. What we really need are some good drying days, including lots of heat and wind. That would

Fort Benton, Montana - Last year 25 percent of our crew went to Montana.  This year 75 percent of our crew went to Montana to harvest winter wheat, spring wheat, chick peas and lentils. They have been there for about ten days and have been harvesting full blast nearly every day.The winter wheat has been averaging over 60 bushels an acre, 62 pounds and 13-14 percent protein.  Sounds good to me!  It took the crew three days to get all of the equipment from Western Nebraska up to Montana, so I hope they have the best of luck there and continue