Laura: Colorado Update

Northeast Colorado: “I wondered if we were going to see you again this summer!” This is how the librarian greeted us in addition to her smile this morning, July 24. The local library is one of our favorite places to visit, and story time was on our to-do list. One reason is because of the amazing opportunities for children and the other is because of the people. People are always the cherry on top and these two ladies have been a part of our summer each year we’ve harvested here. They make us feel at home, regulars in the community, really. Today’s event was just what we remembered and hoped for with stories, songs, sign language, crafts and smiles.

After story time, we picked up our groceries, made lunch and headed to the field. It was an uneventful ride to the field, unlike last night. Yesterday, I nearly hit a mother deer with twins in tow. I missed her by mere inches on my right side. My heart was working as it was racing for miles afterward!

It was 99 degrees when I checked the temp at the field. A breeze made it perfect cutting weather. As one expects this time of year, pop up thunderstorms could be seen in the west. So far, they haven’t affected us. The flies were super aggressive during lunch, so maybe it’ll rain yet or maybe it’s because they’ve been spreading manure in the area.

Yields have been respectable coming in around 50 bushels per acre. They were affected due to saw fly damage, so that is unfortunate. You can learn more about this pest from one of my previous posts here.

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Craft time at the local library.

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July 23 was a beautiful evening!

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Lodged wheat due to sawfly.

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Dusk is upon us.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Laura Haffner can be reached at


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