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Steph: Skips and stones

Well, I lost my floater status. I knew it was inevitable but having it for a day sure did make me feel important. I did miss the combine so I guess I can handle dealing with the auto-steer again. Yeah, they really had to twist my arm to get me back in. In the fields we’ve been cutting lately, a lot of the wheat has been laying down which makes cutting it all a lot trickier than normal. We finished up for one of our farmers today though and were given a splendid treat in the last field: the wheat was ALL standing up! With both our New Hollands whiddling away on this 80 acre piece, it was gone in a couple hours. We were all making comments about how ‘This is how combining should be’ and it was a great ending to our day.

Our yields have been anywhere between 55 and 75 bushels per acre, protein at 14 percent, test weights in the mid 60s and moisture around 13 percent.

Quote of the Day: “The wheat is going through the machine like butter.”

Harvest Tip: If you miss a little strip of wheat, go back for it. Little skips like that make the field look messy and we are all too classy for that.

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Our 2 New Hollands combining in harmony.

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New grain cart! Went from a 600 bushel to a 1000 bushel, no big deal.

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Going back for a skip.

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Roading equipment to the next field.

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Dad in his natural habitat.

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I just love wheat.

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A little dust never hurt.

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Take it in.

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  • Sharon and Harry Drake
    Posted at 15:27h, 12 August

    New equipment looks great Glad all is going good with the wheat. They got a good crop of wheat here. Good thing ,because all the fall crops are gone or most likely never make or got planted. Some are baling soy beans to save what they can. Some baled corn and the fields that have been cut did not gain much. Cotton and sunflowers if any planted did not make. maize is getting heads, not much there either. That is here in south central kansas.
    I say though there is no nasty floods covering fields with trash or fires burning grass.It will rain one of these days.
    You being a floater sounds like you know what to do and your Dad trusts you. Be careful. Harry and Sharon Drake

  • Bev Larson
    Posted at 12:41h, 13 August

    Wonderful sunset photo! This should be on the calendar>

  • Gary R. Dziadula
    Posted at 03:10h, 23 August

    I would like to be the “tuner” who checks for grain loss and after I had the loss as low as I could get it, then I’d want to enjoy operating the combine!