04 Jun Jada: A testing war
All around our campground harvesters are gone. It seems they are able to harvest because it’s a ghost town here today. I look out of my camper window with the anticipation of seeing tumbleweeds rolling by our dirt road that runs through the center of our campground while the theme song of “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” plays in my head; but, there unfortunately isn’t any wind and this isn’t a western movie.
It makes harvesters antsy to see everyone gone cutting and not being able to cut. The hardest part about a day like today is testing wheat that is so close to being able to be cut but so far away. I like days where things are as black and white as old western movies: you can either cut or you know you are unable too. These iffy days are not fun because sometimes you can waste your entire day testing.
Today moisture almost won our testing war. Temperatures in the 90’s were just barely enough for our wheat to the North of Pratt to dry out. Unfortunately, we only got 2 hours of cutting in. High humidity and lack of wind were to blame. Tomorrow, we will try once again in the South as we were unable to cut there. I am sure we’ll be able to win our moisture shoot out as it was in the upper 14’s this evening- just slightly higher than where we need it to be at- 13.5. The good part is we are not needed at our next stop for at least another week and a day of drying will help us from having to run on wet ground.
What I am digging today……….! Tillman’s wheat harvest set-up.
Talk about talent! Tillman is a 9-year old who lives on a farm with his parents near Pocasset in Grady County, Oklahoma.
All Aboard Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta. Jada Bulgin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.