31 May The Z Crew: Shattuck, Oklahoma
We were in Kansas, driving down the highway headed to Oklahoma, when we heard it. It was the sound of the National Weather Service’s storm alert saying that there was a severe thunderstorm watch. For us, we only hear that sound in the summer, so it was the signal that harvest was truly beginning. That sound was quite an exciting signal, that’s for sure. It meant that we were on our way to cool, summer nights in the field, iced tea on hot afternoons, and just being on the wheat run in general.
Like I was saying, yes, our wheat harvest is just beginning. We had to hang back home to finish school and even missed out on Mom and Dad’s first stop in Texas. So, we met up with them (Tuesday, May 29) at their spot in Oklahoma. We unpacked our clothes that were stuffed into plastic bags, ordered pizza from next door, and immediately headed out to the field to go see Mom and Dad. It feels good to be reunited.
The wheat here in Oklahoma has been averaging 62 to 63 pound test weight. The wheat here has good height and is standing well. Cutting conditions have been dry. The yields have been all over the board, depending on how hard the wheat was grazed; 25 to 40 bushels per acre.
We have about two and a half more days here, so our second job will soon be coming to an end.
All Aboard Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta. The Zeorian Crew can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.