25 Jun Janel: Tough Conditions In Oklahoma
Weatherford, Oklahoma – Being a custom cutter has been very challenging lately due to the tough cutting conditions in Oklahoma. We haven’t had great harvesting conditions yet and the month of June is almost over. We’ve had so much humidity and lots of mud to deal with out in the fields. Between the weather conditions and the ground conditions it has been tough going. What we need is heat and wind to make our conditions better and no more rain or delays.
The yields have not been as good as they looked like they were going to be from the road. The wheat made 15 to 45 bushels per acre. The test weights have been 56 to 60 pounds per bushel. The proteins have been decent. The acres planted were normal in this area but didn’t yield well overall.
Oklahoma has had the wettest spring they’ve seen in a long time. Harvesters have been fighting the mud and overall the conditions have been tough. I’m looking forward to moving up the road to Kansas next on our harvest route!
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Janel Schemper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We loaded up at Frederick and went to our second stop near Weatherford, Oklahoma, on June 16.
My dad, LaVern Schemper, drove his red Peterbilt and hauled his combine and header.
Miss Moo loves our combine time together.
My mom and Moo at the RV park near Weatherford, Oklahoma.
A wheat field we cut on June 22. The wind turbines are brand new in this area.
The terrace channels are full of water.
The rain showers bring on the weeds.
Sierra Schemper cutting wheat. I was driving by going to another field.
A pretty sunset on June 21.
Miss Sweet As Pie Moo is a sleeping beauty in her combine seat.
Happy birthday to this one that loves cutting wheat on this day each year! Happy birthday, Dad! We just keep on cutting wheat!
Cutting wheat in tough conditions including high humidity and muddy terrace channels.
Unloading on the end of the field because it’s too muddy to unload on the go.
A tight clearance underneath Interstate 40.
Jared and Sierra cutting wheat. We were driving by going to another field.
Harvesting triticale in southwest Oklahoma. Photo by Carlene Schemper.
A pretty sunset. Photo by Carlene Schemper.
A demonstration of what Mother Nature can do. Too much rain causes soft spots out in the fields. Photo by Sierra Schemper.
Dealing with mud is no fun. Photo by Sierra Schemper.
Ruts in the field. Photo by Sierra Schemper.
Sierra cutting wheat near the new wind turbines.
Harvesting wheat June 21.
Cutting wheat on a hot and humid day June 17.