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Laura: Half a crew update

Southern Kansas – The weather was relatively uncooperative when the crew was in west central Oklahoma. They were constantly catching little showers that kept them out of the field or fighting humidity. For several days, that left very slim information to share, so things have been slow in the reporting department. But all of a sudden, harvest cut loose again, so I’m going to rush to get caught up!

The crew with Mark in Custer County, Oklahoma, saw yields ranging from the 30s to 50s. Test weights were average in the 58-60 pounds per bushel range. They finished in Oklahoma last Saturday night.

On Sunday morning, the crew moved up to southern Kansas and have been cutting in the Barber and Harper County region. They have made good progress; and Mark reports test weights have been 61+ pounds per bushel, and yields have been around 50 bushels per acre or above.

Thanks to the crew for supplying me with recent pictures from their area!

HPH 2017 (Pieter)

Pieter went down to help the crew with Mark for a few days and sent in this photo. Here he is cutting with his brother Willem. (Photo credit: Pieter)

HPH 2017 (Pieter)

Another photo from Pieter of he and Willem cutting together. They are on separate parts of the crew this year and enjoyed their few days together. (Photo credit: Pieter)

HPH 2017 (Odendaal)

Odendaal sent this in of the trucks getting ready to head to Kansas at sunrise on Sunday morning. (Photo credit: Odendaal)

HPH 2017 (Willem)

Cutting in Barber County. (Photo credit: Willem)

HPH 2017 (Willem)

Gorgeous cutting in southern Kansas. (Photo credit: Willem)

HPH 2017 (Willem)

Lap after lap. (Photo credit: Willem)

HPH 2017 (Willem)

Notice the window? Returning crew members got their own personalized decals this year on their combines. (Photo credit: Willem)

HPH 2017 (Mark)

More wheat. (Photo credit: Mark)

HPH 2017 (Mark)

Making dust. (Photo credit: Mark)

HPH 2017 (Mark)

Blue skies. (Photo credit: Mark)

HPH 2017 (Mark)

The four pictures above are courtesy of Mark. (Photo credit: Mark)


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  • Ed & Sandy Schloz
    Posted at 07:48h, 15 June

    How many acres per day can you cut on a good day? Sure do like your pictures!

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 09:19h, 18 June

      Thanks, Ed & Sandy. Glad you enjoy them! Two hundred acres would be a good day!

  • Tom A
    Posted at 23:54h, 15 June

    Putting their personalized name on the machine they run is a really good way to treat your crew members. Gives them a sense of pride. About how many hours a year do you put on a machine average ?

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 09:23h, 18 June

      They shoot for 500-800 hrs depending on the machine.

  • Norm Rotruck
    Posted at 13:08h, 18 June

    Like your pictures! They’re great! Safe harvest!!!

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 23:46h, 18 June

      Glad you enjoy them, Norm! 🙂