09 Jul Janel: Southwest Nebraska Wheat Harvest
Southwest Nebraska – It’s still unreal to me that we had nothing to cut in western Kansas. I didn’t get to use my Shelbourne header much in Kansas this year. Blue header time is one of my favorite times during wheat harvest. I’m disappointed.
We spent the 4th of July cutting in southwest Nebraska. The wheat yielded 80 plus bushels per acre and the test weight 61 lbs. For the most part, the wheat was standing good but there were places where it was lodged. That meant slow and low cutting. It also made for a really long day of cutting wheat.
We have been looking for more work until our next wheat cutting jobs are ready for us. I’ve driven many miles and visited many elevators looking for work but have had no luck (yet). There is lots of wheat around that is ready to be cut.
There is quite the rotation of crops going on out west nowadays. Some wheat country is now corn country. It looks to me like there is more corn planted than ever out here. One reason to rotate crops is to clean up the ground if there are a lot of noxious weeds, volunteer rye, goatgrass and cheatgrass that grow in the fields and cause yield loss. One thing about southwest Nebraska during wheat harvest time is that it’s absolutely beautiful out here.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Janel Schemper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.