18 Jul Janel: It was fun while it lasted
Western Nebraska – This year I was in Kansas longer than expected due to the evening rain showers. We couldn’t ever work really late like we needed to and put in our time because we’d get shut down by the rain most evenings. The weather really messed with us.
Thankfully, my brother Jared and Uncle Lonny were able to harvest most all of our wheat jobs in Western Nebraska before we got there. We did still get to stop there and cut for a few days, which was great. Disappointingly, the wheat I cut didn’t yield well due to mosaic disease. The wheat looked decent from the road, but the mosaic disease really got to it this year. However, Western Nebraska has some of the most beautiful sunsets with such beautiful colors. I didn’t get to cut there long enough this year to enjoy them.
When we were loading up, the farmer drove up to me on his gator and gave me two bags of homemade cookies! Seriously, yum! He said his wife made them. And they were just for me and I didn’t have to share them if I didn’t want to. I said, “Thank you so much. They look super delicious!” I had every intention of having a handful of cookies after the farmer drove away, because I was starving as usual. I had to set them in the pickup and finish loading up, and then right away I hopped in a Peterbilt and up the road we went. I didn’t get a single cookie. The guys got into them, and they were gone in no time. They were even bragging about the cookies on the two-way radio. Gee whiz! I learned my lesson the hard way. I’ll be sure to just take the cookies with me next time. Anyway, here’s to wishing for better wheat to cut next year and more homemade cookies!
All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Janel Schemper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.