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Steph: Feelin’ the heat

Until today, you couldn’t yank my brother out of the combine with a pry bar. Ever since we got our 9065 New Holland last fall, he can’t get enough of its bells and whistles. On average, Brandon is able to go between 6 and 7mph. When the straw was so tough in our field this afternoon and he was only able to go 3.5mph max, he wanted out. Dad drove combine for the most consecutive hours he has all harvest so far. The tough straw did bear yields in the high 70s so it was hard to complain. Tests weights were in the mid 60s and moisture ranged from 8 to 10 percent.

Also, it was flippin’ hot today. Our high was 106 degrees. We were in the “red flag” area according to the weather reports on the radio.

Harvest tip: Empty trucks pulling into the field from the elevator should always park BEHIND any other truck in the field. Budging is not allowed. And park in a straight line. Crooked truck lines look sloppy.

SO-St. Francis, Kan.

Dad, cutting wheat north of St. Francis.

SO-St. Francis, Kan.

Throughout the day, the lines at the elevator got longer and longer. I got a lot of reading done today!

SO-St. Francis, Kan.

Our farmer, Randy, gives a little wave as he goes by.

SO-St. Francis, Kan.

Dad savoring his moments in the combine, unloading into Brandon in the grain cart.

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  • Brad S
    Posted at 14:01h, 19 June

    I’ve silently watched all of the wheat harvest posts on this site for several years now. Thank you so much to all of the contributors!! I just had to comment that your “Harvest tips” – things that only someone who’s actually worked in a harvest field would think of – are hilarious! It’s been many years since I spent the annual 1-2 weeks of long, tiring, yet highly rewarding days in our family’s wheat harvest fields just across the Colorado border from St. Francis. Straight, first-in-first-out truck lines and combine dumping whenever grain cart is present were things we took for granted in the field … until someone failed to follow these standard procedures. Your pictures from the loader scoop are a great unique addition also. That loader gets a little “floppy” when it’s that high and the tractor hits a bump, huh. I anxiously look forward to your next harvest tip.