14 Jul Laura: Kansas Complete
Sheridan County, Kansas – It has been humid lately. And by humid, I mean western Kansas humid, not eastern Kansas humid. The day I was there it was downright sweltering with temperatures in the high 90s and almost no wind. Yes, it’s not common out here to have little to no wind.
Out in that heat is where I met Stoney, a semi-retired farmer, whom wanted to come check out the “big harvest.” It has been something on his to-do list for some time, and he drove 8 hours from the east to come watch. That is REAL desire to come watch harvest on a hot July day! Of course they have harvest east of us; but the fields are often smaller, and there isn’t as much wheat in his area. The scale out west is just different. Here, the field sizes are often so much bigger, and they can hold a larger number of machines, larger headers, etc. It is a little humbling to think that someone would want to visit “US.” In my mind, we just do what we do, but I guess it is no different than me going to see other sectors of agriculture, like the strawberry patch earlier in the season. I think we as farmers and ranchers, of whatever type, typically have a great respect for the profession and enjoy seeing and learning what goes on in other areas different than out our own backdoor.
It took a little while for Mark and the crew to get in the field. They kept catching rains that delayed things a bit. But once they got in, they really rocked. This was another area affected by the late season blizzard. The wheat was very good despite that, and dryland acres yielded in the 60-80 bushel range.
While home, this portion of the crew celebrated two birthdays, Willem and Mark’s wife, Jill. They also got to shoot fireworks off, which is never a given for the crew since we often work through the holidays. When it’s time to cut, we have to cut! I think they also enjoyed a few days out of the camper, since they could stay at headquarters.
The crew with Mark has since moved north and have just started cutting in Montana. The crew with Ryan just started cutting in northeast Colorado.
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