13 Jul Laura: Dryland Yields are Strong
Southwest Kansas/southeast Colorado: The weather has finally cleared and the wheat is dry. Combines are going like a house on fire. Trucks and the grain cart are too, for that matter, because the dryland yields are outstanding. This section of the High Plains received just the right temperatures and rainfall and we’ve seen them in the 70s on up to the 90s. This is especially encouraging in a tough environment where drought, hail and heat never seem that far away.
Yes, these are the days that harvest stories are made. Crews have been cutting into the dark under the stars. Fields are large and flat in this part of the world. The grain cart pinballs from combine to combine to truck and hardly stops. Trucks head to dump their load only to return and do it all again. The littles and I have been running for parts, delivering crew members, etc. Everyone one has been needed to keep everything running as efficiently as possible.
Harvest is moving along quickly now with the heat. We’ll soon have combines running across western and northwest Kansas. The days are starting to run together and I’m not sure how it can already be the first week of July. School is looming on the horizon for our littlest crew members so time is ticking for this season of wheat harvest memories.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Laura Haffner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.