24 Aug Janel: Snow, Rain, Good Farmers
Grand Forks, North Dakota – The spring wheat we’ve been harvesting recently has been as beautiful as ever. The yields have been great. I know nobody likes a bragger. Definitely not bragging, just saying! They must have had a good winter and the perfect amount of snow and rain (moisture) with the perfect timing to grow such a beautiful wheat crop here in North Dakota. They put on the fertilizer too. I will give the farmers credit. There are good farmers here and they know how to get it done and done right!
The wheat I harvested recently has been yielding over 80 bushels per acre and the protein 13 and 14 percent. The test weights have been 63 and 64 pounds per bushel. The weather has been hot and dry but we haven’t had that good of cutting conditions because of the smoke from the Canada fires. We didn’t see the sun for several days because the smoke was blocking it and the humidity was high and that made it tough going. The smoke created a haze and the sun looked red. We were ready for the smoke to disappear so we could have good cutting conditions again. We eventually got a little breeze and some of the smoke slowly cleared out of here. Then we got a 15 mph wind and finally had sunshine again. We are now cutting canola.
Our forecast for the next 10 days is sunny but highs only in the 70s. There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. The weather here can change quickly to wet drizzly conditions and stay that way for a while. That is why it’s necessary to get the crops harvested before the weather changes. I am happy for the harvest progress we’ve had so far. I love being here and harvesting in North Dakota. I always have and I think I always will!
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Janel Schemper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.