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Laura: Combines are Rolling

Texas – Harvest began for High Plains Harvesting on Memorial Day, May 28, this year.  Due to the crop situation down south, we took a partial crew.  Although we would have liked to have had the full crew present, we are thankful to even have the chance to cut down south at all in this environment.

The first field started off a little rocky and averaged around 18 bushels per acre.  Conditions then improved, and we are seeing yields in the 30 bushel range.  Tests weights are strong, up to 64 pounds per bushel.  Protein is coming in at 9-12.

It is HOT!  Temperatures this first week of harvest have hovered in the high 90s and low 100s.  Mark said the radio reported the heat index was around 109 at one point.  While it may be uncomfortable outside the cab, it is prime cutting weather. A far cry from previous summers.  If you want to reminisce about mud games from previous years click here.  At this rate with the heat and dry forecast, we should move through our Texas acres quickly.

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Mark putting that Deere and Shelbourne through the paces. (Photo Credit: Laura)

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Unloading on the go. (Photo credit: Laura)

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A slightly different angle because it is pretty and early in the season so no one is tired of unloading pictures yet. (Photo credit: Laura)

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Shelbourne Harvest Support was out working with us. We appreciate their help and great customer service. (Photo credit: Laura)

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If you close your eyes, a person can almost pretend to be by a babbling brook on a mountain vacation. Almost. Maybe not. It was relaxing for a moment though. (Photo Credit: Laura)

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It is pretty down here though even if its not a mountain vacation! (Photo credit: Laura)

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What kiddo doesn’t love a good splash about?!?! (Photo credit: Laura)

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Equipment does too! (Photo credit: Laura)

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Texas seems full of all these pipes and electric lines running willy nilly to pumps that one has to navigate. If anyone reading this has some oil to spare, feel free to donate it to the Lady A and Little Man college fund! (Photo credit: Laura)

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Obligatory first sunflower of the season picture. (Photo credit: Laura)

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Followed by one of many obligatory wheat photographs. (Photo credit: Laura)

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Taking a load to town. (Photo credit: Laura)

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For the next many months, we have to get a little creative with family time. Sometimes getting to ride with dad to the next field is what we get, and we will take it. The kids jump at any chance when they can go along. (Photo credit: Laura)

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Moving to the next field. (Photo credit: Laura)

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I always wonder who once lived and worked these abandoned places. So pretty. (Photo credit: Laura)

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  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 17:16h, 08 June

    Great eye on the photo’s Laura !! Boy has Lady A ever grown ,she sure looks like her Mom ,love the outfit !! Sure glad you have a few combines cutt’n ., Looking forward to following High Plains Harvesting once again , Wow 10 years , time stands for no one. That pic of the old Tractor & Combine is neat, the Tractor is a Minneapolis-Moline G the Combine is a Massey- Harris 27..

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 16:18h, 10 June

      People who can identify equipment like that always impress me, Tom! Thanks for the info!

      And yes, she has grown bunches! And has her own style! 😉

  • nancy eberts
    Posted at 12:59h, 09 June

    awesome pictures….i think its the picture taker 😉

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 16:19h, 10 June

      Thanks, Nancy! 🙂

  • Tom Stockard
    Posted at 20:15h, 09 June

    Where in Texas are you starting and what is your route, if there is a route? I see you are in Red Dirt Country. Just about finished with wheat in North Central Texas Black Lands and Grand Prairie soils. (Black and dark brown dry, cracked open, clay soil. Don’t have to worry about mud, now it’s fire.

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 16:16h, 10 June

      Guess I failed to post that, Tom. We start in the Wichita Falls region.

      The black land prairie is a pretty area! 🙂 Safe travels.

  • sindacale
    Posted at 18:51h, 10 June

    Laura Haffner, thanks a lot for the article post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  • Rhonda K Alexander
    Posted at 16:15h, 13 June

    Love the sunflowers!! Always reminds me of my Mom, thanks for taking us along on your journey!

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 17:29h, 13 June

      Your mom was a great lady! Glad they bring back good memories! 🙂