All Aboard Harvest | Laura: Oh hail!
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Laura: Oh hail!

Sheridan County, Kansas:

Laura describes what has happened to her family’s crop.

High Plains Harvesting 2018
Sad looking wheat. (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018
Wheat belongs in the bin, not the ground. (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018
The latest crop of HPH mascots are at the farm. (Photo credit: Laura)

High Plains Harvesting 2018
Equipment headed to Colorado. (Photo credit: Laura)

I think the saying goes something like this, “The only thing that is certain in life is death and taxes.” This year, I would modify the end to read, “death, taxes, and hail.” There seems to be so much hail damage this year. The area surrounding our headquarters had the privilege of the white experience, as well, shortening our time there. It has not only affected our customers, but our own farm.

As one might expect, yields varied throughout the area with the hail that had hit the region. Dryland yields on averages were in the range of 20-50 bushels an acre. Wheat performed best this year when it was planted behind summer fallow.

Our crew has completed their work in Kansas and is on their way to Montana. The other half of the crew remains in northeast Colorado and will reunite with the others up north soon.

I caught a video of the caravan headed north to Montana. The rest of the crew will join them upon completion of harvest in Colorado.

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  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 19:38h, 17 July

    That looked like a good stand of Wheat, hope you can recover your input costs.. Farming is working with Mother Nature & then some !??!! Is this the first time the Great White Combine come to harvest for you ? May HPH work safe, God Bless

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 10:08h, 18 July

      I wish this is the first time, but it is not and likely won’t be the last. This same piece of ground had a late season hail storm that came through last August when we were looking to have one of our best corn crops to date. This year we also had an entire harvest stop eliminated due to hail and 2/3 of another stop. Seems no one is immune. It is what it is!