Morgan County, Colorado - I thought you may be interested to learn about Sawfly, a pest that has been present in the area we are cutting.  The following is a very brief overview.

The adult female deposits eggs in the developing wheat plant.  Despite laying many eggs, only one larva will survive.  The larva will begin to mature and move down the inside of the stem.  Sawfly activity can hamper the metabolic processes of the plant and may reduce yield.  The damage to the stem also causes lodging creating harvestability issues.  This damage is due to a v-shaped notch larva cut

Morgan County, Colorado:  Disclaimer – If you are here for crop stats, skip this post.  If you are interested in reading the “life musings” of Laura, continue!

I recently had the opportunity to add to my “community” this spring. Last fall, Tracy Zeorian reached out with the idea for a retreat for women involved in harvesting. I don’t know what it was, but something inside just told me I NEEDED to be there. However, I didn’t know how I was going to make it happen.

The event was scheduled for early April. I knew Ryan would be ramping up harvest plans and we

Sheridan County, Kansas:



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


Sad looking wheat. (Photo credit: Laura)


Wheat belongs in the bin, not the ground. (Photo credit: Laura)


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


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 had the privilege of the white experience, as well,

Greeley County, Kansas: On Sunday after church, as I was cleaning and packing up the camper, Little Man asked, “Mom, why do we have to leave already? I haven’t had enough fun yet!” You see, the kids really enjoy the Tribune/Sharon Springs area as do I. They both have friendly people, great pools with slides, clean, exciting, parks, community-run movie theaters, and even a bowling alley. It is not a problem finding something fun to do. It is a harvest kid’s dream.

This year, however, our run was cut short, hence Little Man’s comment that he hadn’t had enough fun yet.

Southeast Colorado: The other day I was delivering meals to the field and struck up a conversation with a few of the crew members. Our team comes from different parts of the world and this year the United States, United Kingdom, and Netherlands are represented in the lineup. It is neat to learn more about where they’re from but also fun to hear their opinions about the places we cut.

The guys joking around during lunch. Photo credit: Laura

You already know that the High Plains is one of my favorite regions to harvest. The wide-open spaces, sparse population and wind-swept prairies

Southeast Colorado: I have a love/hate relationship with GPS technology. Some of you may recall this from previous posts. I will admit, it is improving all the time and the accuracy is a little scary (the occasionally inaccuracy is equally scary). Without giving away my exact age, I’m apart of that “micro” generation some people talk about. I’m not totally a Gen X’er but not completely a Gen Y (millennial) either. Some people call us the “Xennials”. Yeah, it’s a thing, go check it out. I’m not going to debate if it’s a “real” generation or not, but it fits

Southeast Colorado - This will be the crew’s second day back in the field after some delay from the storms that moved through recently. The cycle started about a week ago yesterday. While a tornado warning drove part of the crew out of the field, the other part was able to keep cutting up in southeastern Colorado for a few more hours. They were then met with what I’ll call a “good old-fashioned thunderstorm” with wind and rain. Ryan said the cloud looked like the mothership coming in. I don’t know why we describe it like that but, we do,

Rolla, Kansas - The guys have had a week of wild weather. I will cover their stories in a series of posts.
It started on Tuesday when the guys cutting around Rolla were in a tornado warning. Our crew didn’t see anything touch the ground, but I was told they saw some significant rotation. Even if you watch storms closely and keep a diligent eye on the radar, conditions can change quickly. Eventually Mark and TJ decided it was time to get to a safer location, left a truck for James, and headed out. Mark reports it was the first time

Southeast Colorado - Not that long ago, the wheat crop was several weeks behind schedule. With strong winds and hot temperatures, nature has kicked in gear in a big way, and crops have made up ground in terms of maturity. As the kids and I traveled across Highway 50 and Highway 160 in Kansas on June 15, combines of all colors, makes, and models could be seen in their natural habitat doing what they do best.

We have been cutting just a few miles inside the Colorado border in the south east corner of the state. We don’t have any official

South Central KS - We moved through Texas in record time because it was our first year without any sort of rain delay, and, as we have said before, wheat acres were down due to weather conditions.  Our next stop was Custer County, Oklahoma.  Around the Clinton area, things are very dry.  Our farmer told us that they are struggling to get their cotton out of the ground due to the drought. It has been a tough few years in that area.  The last several have had too much rain and now they’re fighting drought.  They also had an April