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The many faces of progress

St. Francis, Kansas—Progress is something that can be gauged in couple ways. When the yield is doing well, counting scale tickets can assess progress. When the wheat isn’t doing so well, how fast the combine is able to zip through the wheat can assess progress. Unfortunately, combine speed has been the deciding factor lately.

The dirt we are cutting on is a slate-gray color and has a way of getting into the cracks and crannies of everything, making it difficult get a good crop off of it. We started a 145-acre piece around 3 p.m. just west of St. Francis and by 6:30 p.m., Brandon announced he had half of it done. I guess that’s what happens when he was able to go 6.1 miles per hour in the combine. Sign this guy up for the Daytona 500! The wheat is doing around 20 bushels per acre and the test weights were 59 pounds. Heavy enough—we just wish there was a little more of it.

Brady, a young member of Russell Harvesting, loves coming out to the field with us. Mostly he loves to ride around with Brandon. It gives us all flashbacks of when Brandon was his age, and it’s more proof  this harvesting seed can be planted young and prosper for years, never really leaving a person. Courtesy of Brady, I’m going to leave you with a little Disney food for thought: Why can Goofy talk and Pluto can’t? They’re both dogs but seem to us like Pluto got the raw end of that deal.

Quote of the Day—“If you’ve got issues, I’ve got tissues.”

Stuff Harvesters Like—Looking across a vast, freshly cut wheat field with a sense of sheer accomplishment.

Waiting on a load.

Waiting on a load.

Tailgate supper.

Tailgate supper. From left to right; Mom, Dad, Brady and Bizz (two members of Russell Harvesting).

Farmer Steve waiting on a load of seed wheat.

The dessert du jour.

Mom made this chocolate pie in a jar dessert. It was delicious.

Brady enjoyed the dessert.

Brady approved of the dessert.

Supper is good.

Mom hit a home run this evening! Both the main course and the dessert were very well received.

Brady is like Brandon's mini-me.

Brady is just like a mini-me of Brandon. This picture melts my heart.

Heads aren't quite a full as some we have seen.

These heads of wheat aren’t quite as full as some we have seen. Crazy how only a few miles away, wheat doesn’t prosper as well.


Throwing some fuel in.

Throwing some fuel in.

Papa Bob.

Coming around the bend.


The Dodge - AKA, the foodmobile.

The Dodge, better know as the food-mobile.

Throwing dust.

There goes dad.

Sunset over the Kansas/Colorado border.

Sunset on the Colorado/Kansas border.

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  • Roberts carolyn
    Posted at 15:19h, 09 July

    Wheat cutting half way through in our region Poitou charentes by Sunday yields variable but moisture ranging from 11% to 15% yields average for year 6-8 t /ha very dry conditions price fixed at 180€ a tonne

  • Quinton
    Posted at 15:48h, 09 July

    were you guys harvesting just outside of burlington colorado?? thought i might of seen you guys!! currently cutting around stratton with Klatt harvesting..

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 17:16h, 09 July

    So true Steph ,about the harvest seed .As an ex Alberta third generation grain farmer that seed still grows with me.

  • Sharon Drake
    Posted at 19:20h, 09 July

    Steph. it is great you and your brother are able to be with your parents one more harvest.
    It is great you all can work together. I am sure things get stressful, but that is life in a farm family.
    Thank you for keeping all informed.
    Wheat harvest is done here. Soy beans and corn are great. We just had lovely rain all week. Looks like is done and sun shining for next several days. We live 60 miles south of Wchita,ks. My Husband and I were raised on farms and did some ourselves for awhile. Love watching all that goes on. We are 68 and appreciate all you folks do.
    I hope you do not have people bother because they are against farming. most probably do not want to go where you go. ha. Be safe. Sharon Drake 7/9/15