So many grains, so little time

Grafton, North Dakota—So much to do, so little time! The last few days have been full of all sorts of different jobs that sneak up on a person. Brandon has been doing some shop work on our Versatile tractor and field implements, Dad has been mowing ditches and preparing bin sites, and I have been harvesting barley for one of our hometown farmers. It’s funny because there are days when I wish I had even one more hour in a day and then others when I think, “my word, will today ever end?!” I think I will contribute that thought to the horribly itchy and lingering barley dust.

As I was combining through the field, minding my own business, I got sprayed by a skunk. I guess if there ever was a threat, a combine would definitely qualify. At first I thought the combine ate the skunk because the feeder-house rumbled right before the smell completely consumed my nose and cab. Thankfully a few rounds later, the smell lessened as well as my anxiety towards the fact that my poor combine was going to smell for weeks. Also, I love when I am roading the combine and come up to a sign that will be troublesome for my header to get by and somebody else has already came across it and nudged it over just enough so I can go by it, no tilt or fancy steering necessary.

I finished a field west of town and had to road the combine north of town about 15 miles to our next field of barley before we switch back to wheat. The wheat that has been tested in this area has gotten anywhere from 16.5 to 20 percent moisture so we are hoping the wind and the sun keep up the good work and dry it out in the next couple days. The barley I have been cutting has been doing between 70 to 100 bushels per acre! Maybe the wheat will follow suit?

Stuff Harvesters Like—A nice breeze blowing through the air to make harvesting that much smoother.


Some barley stats!

Laying down.

Darn barley wants to lay down…

Made my own lunch today!

Made my own lunch today!

Another day.Bout to start last barley field!

Checkin' beets.

Checkin’ sugar beets.


Just different enough to look neat.


Some green straw.

Green straw makes for tough thrashing.

Sibling selfie!

Some sibling bonding!



Difference in heads.

What a difference in head ripening.

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