21 Jun Jada: A busy Father’s Day weekend includes a move from Kiowa to Pratt
Happy Father’s Day to all the daddy’s, dad’s and father’s! This weekend proved to be a busy time for Hoffman Harvesting. We roaded two combines to Pratt yesterday afternoon and left two of our combines in Kiowa to finish our last two fields.
I got an unexpected break yesterday when I decided to take a big meal out for lunch and found a flat tire as I was loading the food up! Leon came in and got the food which meant I didn’t need to go to field. I was however stuck in my camper for the rest of the day due to the heat (the temp got up to 105 degrees farenheit) and no wheels.
We usually serve a big meal in the evening but I took a big meal out early because I knew we would be separated by the evening. There is no rule when to take a big meal out but most harvesters have a big meal once a day. Some choose the afternoon while others choose the evenings. For lunch (dinner) we choose to send out sandwiches with a bag that usually includes chips, pudding cups or something of that nature and something sweet. Then for dinner (supper), we serve a large evening meal. Our philosophy is that everyone’s appetite comes back as the evening approaches and it gets cooler out. However this hasn’t worked out lately. . . . it hasn’t cooled down much at all at night. That’s optimal harvest weather for you!
This morning we moved our campers and the rest of our equipment up to Pratt. It is about a 50 mile trip- I love short moves! Now we are split two ways cutting both east and west of Pratt. The wheat harvest is starting out great here thus far. The east is yielding around 50 to 70 bu/ ac and the west is yielding 40 to 50 bu/ ac. The weather is hot and there are no rain forecasts in the near future which will allow us to get some productivity in the field.
I am sad to say goodbye to Kiowa but am glad to be here. I know it’s time to be here because when we got to Kiowa it was booming with harvesters and when we departed there was only but a handful left. So I say goodbye to Kiowa for this year and hello Pratt! It is funny how you can be sad to leave one place and happy to get to the next all at the same time.
Below is a weekend of photos….
Walking the combine in.
A highway view of us cutting.
Sam Spicer, our farmer, comes to check things out.
My flat tire, ARGH!
Stocking up at the Kiowa Meat Locker.
You can see a truck, the elevator and our field all in one shot.
Jada Bulgin can be reached at Jada@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2010 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.