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Jenna: Waiting to cut in Montana

Not a lot has happened since I last wrote. Mom and Dad arrived in Jordan in the afternoon of Aug. 7, after finishing our job in Limon, Colo. Since we received some rain last week and it has been cool and overcast for several days, the moisture of the wheat is too high to cut. Yesterday, I hung out with Dad while he tinkered on the combine, and later in the day, Bruce, Leigh and Blake Krumbach drove over to visit. They are working in Circle, Mont., which is about 65 miles away (and the closest town to Jordan) and couldn’t cut, either. It was great to see them again!

Parked combine
Cloudy skies and cool temperatures have kept us from beginning harvest in Jordan (which is visible in the background of this picture.)

Dad working on the combine.

Tool truck
Our tool truck carries fuel, tools and other items needed in the field.

Taking a break
Bruce and Blake Krumbach came to the farm so Dad could visit and work at the same time. The guys like to talk combines anyways, so it was a good setting for them! :]

Jenna Zeorian can be reached at All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

  • c. m. gore
    Posted at 02:08h, 10 August

    Where do you go to school and when does the fall semester start?

    If Saul Small reads this post I was wrong about walker combines in this country. New Holland offers 3 sizes. They are the 8070 at 322HP; 8080 at 350HP and the 8090 at 400HP. The 8070 and the 8080 match close to the Deere T Series at 360HP, all 3 of these machines have a 9 liter engine. The 8090 New Holland has a 10.32 liter engine. Header sizes on the Deere range from 25 to 36 ft. For the New Holland’s, the range is from 25 to 45 ft. Stripper headers range from 20 to 32 ft. Size of header and type depends on if one wants to go the field at 3.5 mph or up to about 8 mph.

    There is a company in Iowa that is trying to get growers to sign up Corn Stover, Switch Grass or Small Grain straw for an ethanol plant. They hope to start in 2012. This plant is thinking 246,000 tons or 300,000 acres. I think this tonnage figure is somewhat low. In AR, IL, and IA , the by-products should be around 2 tons per acre, and the Switch Grass should be in the 3 to 5 tons per acre range.

    How the by-products are handled could change the size of the header and speed of operations.

  • Jenna Zeorian
    Posted at 03:35h, 11 August

    I go to school at the University of Nebraska – Omaha and classes start on the 24th. Too soon! :]

  • Saul Small
    Posted at 17:37h, 11 August

    Thanks for the info c. m. gore. They keep making those machines bigger…don’t they? and somehow better too.

    If they are going to use these by-products for ethanol production, unfortunately it might cause the price of these now cheap products to go up. many farmers already want more money for straw because removing it from the field removes fertilizer and organic matter. but for the states you mentioned it might be a good thing removing the larger part of the residue.

    The photos of the wheat in a newer post created by Jenna are just beautiful. Wow, I wonder if it would stand up to the Hat test. my Grandfather, when He talks about the wheat they raised in his time. he always says "We could throw a hat into the field and it would stay completely afloat!"…. 🙂 interesting eh.

  • Jerry
    Posted at 12:24h, 17 August

    I hardly think we need to worry about increased straw prices. Straw prices here in Western Ohio are the same now as when I was buying straw in the early 1970s when I had cattle. Hay is still $2.00 a bale, which is even less than what I was paying in the early 1970’s.

  • marc
    Posted at 19:05h, 21 August

    oh my this brings back lots of thots about when i went on the run we started in tx to s d on the wheat run then we went to ms for the fall run i luved every min of it those where the good ole days lol i started in 1987 and went till 1999 i miss it so much but sure glad to see pics from the harvest thanks alot have fun and be careful!!