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Laura: Combines, combines EVERYwhere!

Southeast Colorado – Not that long ago, the wheat crop was several weeks behind schedule. With strong winds and hot temperatures, nature has kicked in gear in a big way, and crops have made up ground in terms of maturity. As the kids and I traveled across Highway 50 and Highway 160 in Kansas on June 15, combines of all colors, makes, and models could be seen in their natural habitat doing what they do best.

We have been cutting just a few miles inside the Colorado border in the south east corner of the state. We don’t have any official stats at the time of this posting, but it looks like yields so far are in the 30+ bushel per acre range. Our farmer is pleased with the results.

With precipitation usually under 20 inches per year (according to NOAA), it can be tough to raise a good crop out here. One way our farmer fights this issue is to incorporate a fallow season into their cropping rotation. For our readers who need a brief tutorial, this is the practice of allowing a piece of ground to “rest” for a season. This allows moisture to build up in the soil profile to be used for the next planned crop. It is very important to control weeds in this practice for they can zap the precious moisture from the “bank” and defeat the purpose of the fallow period.

Below are some photos I snapped after I met back up with the crew! I had taken a few days break to tackle the mail that had been accumulating back home while we were down south.

High Plains Harvesting 2018 (Laura)
American pride! (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018 (Laura)
Ryan and Lady A running the tractor and grain cart. (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018 (Laura)
It has been windy and dusty out here. I think I’ve been stocking up on whatever minerals my body has been lacking! (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018 (Laura)
Mark and Dion give me the big thumbs up! (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018 (Laura)
Making progress. (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018 (Laura)
A rare moment of me operating the tractor. I’m coming guys! (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018 (Laura)
No shortage of beautiful sunsets on the High Plains (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018 (Laura)
Where the antelope roam… (Photo credit: Laura)

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Laura can be reached at laura@allaboardharvest.com.

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