06 Jul Jenna: Finishing and the Fourth
We finished cutting around Deerfield on Saturday; one day shy of working here one full week. It was a good crop this year – the wheat was thick and heavy, dry, and had good test weight. (See some specifics from July 1 here: Deerfield.) Total, it averaged about 76 bushels per acre, which we believe is the best-averaged wheat we have ever cut.
Since we finished on Saturday, we actually had the Fourth of July completely off. I honestly can’t remember a Fourth that we weren’t in the field, begging Mom and Dad to quit early for the night. We enjoyed a relaxing day, grilled for supper, shot off a few fireworks, and had a campfire at a pond, where Callie serenaded us with her guitar. It was a really great night.
Today, our good friends and fellow custom harvesters, the Krumbachs, visited. (If you followed the blog last year, you’ll remember them.) They are currently cutting in Tribune, Kan., but had rain last night, so the day off today. We visited and hung out this afternoon, then had another campfire at the pond and roasted hot dogs. (Yeah, we’ve been crazy party animals the past couple of days! Ha!) It was really fun seeing the K’s and spending time together.
On another note, one of our farmers at our next stop in Limon, Colo., called this morning to let us know that they had hail last night. The town of Limon apparently got hit pretty hard, but our farmer’s crop is still good enough to cut, even though it did get hit. I hope other farmers in the area were as lucky and they have at least some of their crop left.
Jenna Zeorian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Aboard 2010 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.