04 Jul Laura: High Plains
Extreme Southeast Colorado – I have to admit. We entered my favorite part of the season as far as the travel route goes. We are here on the High Plains. It’s not that I don’t like the other places we go. That’s far from it. Each place has something unique and special to offer. It’s just that this is HOME. The later part of my growing-up years happened here, as did some of my adult life. Ryan still has to hear about how he took me away from southwest Kansas when we got married, which I’m sure he really appreciates. My heart will always be where my family is, but the High Plains will always have a piece of my heart. In fact, I may be willing to move my heart back if anyone is willing to donate a nice little farmstead to my cause.
After I found my way to the field from the “Big Bin,” I thought we would only have a few minutes to watch the action before turning right back to head to the camper. There was a storm on the way. If you haven’t had the chance to watch a storm roll in on the High Plains, you’re missing out. It is a beautiful and sometimes scary sight. In the end, we somehow only ended up with a few sprinkles at the field – not enough to shut down. And as if getting to watch the storm dance around us wasn’t enough, we were treated to the sight of a rainbow to the south.
The quote and picture above is from a recent social media post. When I wrote it, I meant it for Lady A, but I’ve actually had to really take it to heart myself as of late. Agriculture is stormy at the moment and life is a little bit of a rollercoaster ride. Volatile crop prices, lost acres, the blessing of picking some acres up, machinery issues, crew dynamics, pop-up storms, so much hail, drought, too much rain, good wheat, poor wheat, limited family time, and the list could go on. And you know what? I can’t do a darn thing about the majority of it. I’m a “do-er” and “go-getter” by nature, so this is an ongoing, hard lesson for me. I can just keep my head up and do my responsibilities the best I can. I can let go and have faith that the rest will work out as the Almighty intends it. It’s a daily surrender that I’m better at some days than others.
If you are patiently waiting for the wheat stats, thanks for hanging on through “Life by Laura.” You’ve finally made it. The wheat we’ve cut in southeastern Colorado is dry land (nonirrigated). We’ve seen yields range from the 30s to the mid 50s bushels per acre. Test weights are strong and in the low 60s. The cutting conditions were excellent.
Below are some photos of my short visit to the crew.
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