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Half Speed

Garrison, North Dakota—We just can’t quite take off here in North Dakota. We’re only cutting partial days and are fighting wet wheat. The weather is lovely if you want to do recreational outdoorsy activities, but it hasn’t been much for helping dry down the wheat. Needless to say, it’s starting to get a little frustrating. Mark finally starting cutting in Montana on Friday, so that was a positive turn of events. They’ve been waiting it out there too. Some of the guys passed the time with a trip to Glacier National Park. 

The wheat that wasn’t hailed has been in the fifty-plus-bushel-per-acre range in North Dakota. We are hauling to the bins so we don’t have additional statistics on the wheat to share. Tomorrow (Saturday) will start off with mechanical maintenance and hopefully the conditions will be right for harvesting in the afternoon. 

Below is a video I took the evening of August 5. Perhaps some video action will make up for not having much harvest news to report?

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  • Dan McGrew, now of North Carolina
    Posted at 18:36h, 07 August

    Do hope the correspondent realize the fast-changing technology of harvesting and that used by you correspondents during the past ten years — are fully revealed with your reports and photography.
    Field video, higher quality digital photography — even that produced with your cell phones. Field support available today for harvesters — which wasn’t even a fantasy driven dream just a few years ago.
    Converted semi trailer luxury housing, special cooking and dining RV trailers.
    GPS equipped combines recording every detail about harvests!
    Big rigs with bottom-dump 54-foot grain trailers, with powered fabric covers protecting loads from wind and rain.
    Had anyone told us in the late 40s and 50s that these things would be the standard, we would have tarred an feathered them for practicing witchcraft.

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 13:24h, 16 August

      It is amazing, Dan, how much things have changed.