01 Aug Laura: Northeast Colorado
Northeast Colorado – This stop is normally one of my favorite places to photograph the crew. It’s deep blue skies, wide open spaces, and gorgeous sunsets does not disappoint. However, this year, when we finally made it back into the field, the air hung heavy. There was very little breeze, which caused the dust to linger making it difficult to see the action properly. This does not make for very photogenic harvest pictures and why I’m lacking them! The wildlife was willing to pose though!
Yields were all over the place. We had anything from 30 to over 50 bushels per acre. Average yields were in the 40s. Test weights also fluctuated with anything from the 50s to in the 60s . As would be expected, the lowest test weights produced the highest protein. We had some up around 16.
As mentioned in a previous post, we were fighting down wheat in places due to sawfly damage. In the past, I’ve had questions with how the Shelbourne headers handle lodged wheat since they just strip the head from the stalk. The headers operate in an almost combing fashion. This combing motion helps pick up the lodged pieces and we are able to harvest it with little issue.
Once finished in Colorado, the crew makes the big jump to southern Montana to meet up with the other half of the team. Wheat harvest is half complete for the season.
Loved the motion blur in this picture. We were cruising down one of the roads in Rocky Mountain National Park. We were able to make a very quick day trip on one of the afternoons it was too wet to cut. (Photo Credit: Laura)
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Laura can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.