14 Aug Laura: Montana has big sky and big hills!
Southern Montana: Pictures can’t always do some landscapes justice and this is certainly the case with our first farm in Montana. It is very rolling and often steep. The fields are massive with fingers that branch out from the main sections. Maybe the best way I can describe it is if you were to think of looking at a topographical map of a lake, except instead of water there is wheat.
By this time, the crew members have had plenty of practice operating equipment, but some of the fields can provide a challenge for even the most seasoned of drivers. Decisions have to made for how heavy to load the cart to get it out of the field safely. One must avoid alkali soil spots. These places can be deceiving and even though dry, can also catch a machine like mud. Dust hangs still and heavy on roads so truck drivers must navigate them carefully. Add these things to the normal responsibilities and there’s no shortage of things to think about.
Yields may be down a little this year but we’re still seeing them in the 40 to 60 range. One thing that can be interesting about this area that despite the changing terrain, the wheat can be fairly consistent across the field. Its an incredibly vast and beautiful place that you almost have to see to believe.
Below are some photos I’ve taken recently.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc., Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, Agri-Pro, Gleaner, BASF, and High Plains Journal. Laura can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.