22 Jun Janel: Lots of Windy Days and the Race Against the Rain
Kinsley, Kansas – The wind had blown for days and there was rain in the forecast. We harvested wheat up until it started raining. Luckily, we got the field done and got the combines parked for the night and then the wind hit. Soon after, it started raining.
I had been cutting wheat all day and the sky kept getting darker as the thunderstorms kept approaching. I had been checking the radar on my phone often and the storms blew up all around us. I was expecting to get rained out much sooner. We were lucky enough to get the field done and then shut down for the night around 10 p.m. However, the wind got wicked just before we were ready to leave the field and we almost lost a tarp. We got that under control and went to town for supper and then drove home (back to the RV park) in the rain and wicked wind.
We got just over an inch of rain. However, we have one combine in the Scott City, Kansas area and the rain gauge there was full. Over six inches of rain is what they got. It flooded the town and I’m sure the fields will be full of mud and the grain test weights won’t be as good. Tough conditions make harvesting miserable. It’s all part of the harvesting business.
I also heard a report of hail at St. Francis, Kansas. Wheat was hailed out and windows busted out of tractors. Combines have been rolling along the plains and the race against the rain has been well under way across Kansas.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Janel Schemper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.