26 Jul Megan: Change of Luck
Imperial, Neb. – Roland Harvesting officially made it back to Husker country on July 8th as we moved to Imperial, Neb. For many years, this area has had some unfortunate luck. It seems like thunderheads have a way of gravitating to our farmer’s fields and plummeting hail onto their crops. Some of the most devastating losses I’ve ever witnessed have been in this area. These farmers possess an incredible amount of faith and continue planting year after year, despite the uphill battle. Finally, this summer our farmers caught a break and experienced one of their best harvests yet. There was no hail to speak of and plentiful moisture during the growing season. Yields were running between 40 to 80 bushels per acre with test weights of 61 to 64.5 pounds. According to the combine monitors, some spots of dry land wheat were making up to 112 bushels per acre! Overall, majority of the fields averaged around 70 to 80 bushels per acre, which kept a constant grin on our farmer’s faces.
Our stop in Imperial lasted longer than anticipated due to some rain days and multiple breakdowns. Finally, on July 19th Brandon and part of the crew left for Chadron, Neb. while Dad and Matt stayed behind in Imperial to finish out harvesting a few fields of peas. Currently, Brandon remains in Chadron and the last half of the crew made it back home to Hemingford a few days ago. Harvest around home is in full swing already, but more on that soon!
On behalf of Roland Harvesting, we would like to offer condolences to the Raymond Schultz family of Imperial. Raymond passed away this spring and will be greatly missed. He was a good farmer and long time faithful customer.
Our Peterbilt “blew up and died” while trucking in Imperial. The next few photos depict the adventure it took to rescue it from the middle of the dirt road.
It was a group effort to get ol’ Pete pulled out. We used the other semi and the pickup for extra traction since there were multiple sand hills to climb. The road was too narrow to bring a combine down to help out.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Megan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.