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Jada: A whirlwind harvest in Pratt Kansas

Jada_thumbnailUpon our arrival in Pratt, Hoffman Harvesting has had a whirlwind harvest. We are still split up two ways. Some of the crew is cutting North of town in Iuka while some South in Coates. The wheat is looking really good with yields ranging from the 40’s to 70’s while test weights have ranged 59 to 61.

Ross returns from a ride around his field with Oak

Ross, our farmer in the Iuka area, returns from a ride around his field with Oak.
Oak holding Kaidence James Ross and Jeannie pose in the field

Oak holding Kaidence, James, Ross and Jeannie take time to pose in the field.

Conditions are dry in Sawyer while Iuka, which has seemed to have perfectly timed rains from germination to harvest, has had some muddy fields. In fact, rumor says I got stuck while paying more attention to snapping photos than driving … but what goes on in our Iuka field stays in the Iuka field! ; )

Theo dumps seed wheat on our farmers truck

Theo dumps seed wheat on our farmer’s truck. It’s amazing how things have changed with time. Theo admitted he was a nervous wreck dumping on this truck but as you can see he did good!

It looks like a storm will head our way but misses us in the end

Pratt is one of the most beautiful places for sunsets.

While the harvest has been going quickly here, things haven’t been running exactly smoothly. Breakdowns haven’t been a stranger to us on this stop. A return elevator, a belt on the return auger and 2 blown front tires on the same combine in one day at different times, have been making harvest a struggle for the guys in Coates. We have been wishing for better days ahead. Thankfully we have had help. John Deere Harvester Works and Cooper Tires came out to our field to help us out.

Theo dumps Adam on the go

Theo dumps Adam frequently to buy time before our tire damaged from a deer’s antler goes flat again. The hole is too big to repair and a tire this size isn’t always on hand at the local tire shop.

The guys from Cooper Tires replace our tire

Cooper Tires of Pratt comes to our rescue. Little did we know that 2 hours later the tire would get ruined again by a well pipe. 

The weather continues to be hot. Yesterday, temperatures were up to 110 until around 6 p.m. where the weather dropped to 69 in about 15 minutes and the sky turned dark. We received a rain shower that put us out of commission for the evening, but we were able to get started today due to the dry conditions of the area. Rain is needed everywhere! The whirlwind harvest continues as this morning we are now split three ways. Two of our crew members headed up to Scott City to harvest some wheat there.

In attempts to save the produce from the 110 degree heat outdoors the Pratt Walmart covers the coolers

In attempts to keep the produce cool and protected from the 110 degree heat outdoors (the produce is right by the entrance), the Pratt Walmart covers their coolers in plastic.

Kaidence learn how to swim while on the road

We always try to find some time to do normal summer activities- here is Kaidence at her first ever swimming lesson.

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  • Dan
    Posted at 07:29h, 29 June

    L’il ol’ you all is a reporter.
    What goes on in your wheat field is now the world’s province.
    What the hay, you aren’t even close to being the first person to get high-centered in a muddy field.
    Spring, 1950 – I sank a crawler bulldozer in Jackson County, CO clearing a sidehill road section between the ranch’s winter and summer headquarters. (SANK — As in — had to tie a can over the exhaust pipe “mas pronto” so mud would not get down into the engine manifold when the “cat” sank beneath the surface.
    When the boss quit laughing at my embarrassment, “This one’s on me Slim, I forgot to warn you about that seep.”
    Glad to know the folks in central Kansas are having some high yields. [One of my last times in Pratt, pulled into Walmart at 5:30 a.m. to use the outside pay phone. Waiting for a return call from one of my importers on the East Coast, watched an older man gather shopping carts around the parking lot. Took several minutes to connect him with the Arkansas pickup sharing the space with my rig. My first time to meet Sam Moore Walton. Yep, 5:30 a.m., one of the richest men in the world collecting shopping carts left outside. Get that never happened at Pratt again!!]

  • Jada Bulgin
    Posted at 23:23h, 30 June

    Good to hear I am not the only one getting stuck! Interesting to hear about Sam Moore Walton. I bet that never happened again ever too!

  • Pat McGuinness
    Posted at 05:57h, 21 September

    Gosh Jada, how you’ve grown in 20 yrs. i was part of your harvest crew in ’93 when i came over from australia. Its good to see that you are still on the harvest trail after all these years. Kindest regards to you and your family.