20 Jun Laura: The Great White Combine Strikes Again
Ellis County, Kansas- We are just wrapping up our cutting here on the eastern edge of northwest Kansas. Like so many of our jobs this season, it has also been a mixed bag of yields thanks to angry weather. It’s estimated that over three-fourths of this farmer’s wheat was damaged, and some quite severely, by hail. One of the highest yielding fields had 20 percent hail damage but still made around 60 bushels per acre. We’ve seen yield ranging from 20-60 bushels per acre and test weights hovering around 60 pounds per bushel. That’s one of the heartbreaking things about agriculture. We farmers try to do all the right things for our operations and may or may not see a positive return on that investment.
Last night we had the pleasure of meeting wheat harvest enthusiast Dale and his wife Darlene. They are just beginning what I will call their annual “Tour de Wheat Harvest.” Yesterday had been a crazy day of logistics and planning as we are wrapping up and anticipating our next move(s). In addition, the tractor decided it had enough of harvest and quit on the road. Not only were we dealing with a frustrating situation, but also potentially dangerous as night was approaching.
Luckily, it was an easy fix once the part was obtained, and we shouldn’t complain because we’ve been having a fairly good run equipment wise. All of this was going on about the time the visitors came to the field; but I will have to trust that Dale understood, since he reportedly was managing a crew of combines himself (once upon a time) at the age of 19! May you both have safe and enjoyable travels as you continue taking in the harvest. And Darlene, I’ve been enjoying reading and appreciate the great informational packet on dyslexia for my teaching file.
We have entered the time of the season when we temporarily fragment out. We soon will have combines running in southeast Colorado and Scott County, Kansas.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Laura can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.