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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)

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  • Ian meikle
    Posted at 13:31h, 20 June

    Loving this caught up with my son harvesting 2006 in se Colorado in Springfield. Townes area for Darren Taylor harvesting. Keep the reports coming

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 17:23h, 20 June

      How great you were able to visit him on the trail! Glad you are enjoying the posts!

  • Mike Lefever
    Posted at 10:10h, 21 June

    Reading your posts brings back memories. Thank you

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 15:48h, 23 June

      So glad you’re enjoying them, Mike!

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 19:15h, 21 June

    Thanks for the great post Laura , is this a bit early to be cutting in CO ?. Have been to Denver twice in the last two years .Our son Jacob & his girl friend Kylie live there, He works in Boulder a real neat place. WestJet has a direct flight from Calgary to Denver now so I sure would Love to spend a four day weekend with your crew if you’d like to have a Ole Wheat Bundle out’a Alberta for a visit & helper . This a 2019 plan, Work SAFE !! .

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 15:48h, 23 June

      Just keep us posted, Tom!