27 Jul Lindsey: Home is Where You Park Your Camper
Lodgepole, Nebraska – The harvest trail can offer so many uncertainties. For me, our camper is about the only constant, for sure thing we’ve got…it’s home. I think having two little ones in-tow makes it that much more of a necessity. I’ll be the first to admit that they are much more resilient than me, but I do think having your own bed, your own toys, your own space makes this lifestyle much more doable for everyone.
We spent the first several weeks of harvest “homeless.” Our camper had a few issues that needed to be addressed and what was thought to be a quick fix turned into a 3 week long stint in the shop. Our first 2 stops in Buffalo, OK and McDonald, KS were spent in hotels. Let me tell you, that is nowhere near as glamorous at it may seem!
When our crew moved from McDonald, KS to Lodgepole, Nebraska the kids and I went back to Oklahoma for a few days to wait for our camper to get finished up. The timing couldn’t have been better because as soon as we made it back to Nebraska, the rain moved in. I was so thankful to have our home with us! Unfortunately, the rain decided to hang around the area. For about every two good days of cutting weather, we have also been down for a day or two waiting for the ground and crops to dry down.
Sadly, the crops in this area were hit with hail storms in the recent weeks causing many acres to be lost and the fields that were still standing took a hit to their yields. It definitely makes you thankful for every acre your machine goes across! We have seen yields ranging from 20 bushels an acre to 60 bushels an acre. Test weights have been between 58 pounds and 62 pounds, and the protein has ranged from 9.5% up to 12%. In addition to wheat, we have also cut field peas and triticale.
We are hoping to get wrapped up here in the next few days so we can make the long journey to Hardin, Montana.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Lindsey can be reached at email@example.com.