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Janel: South Dakota is a nice place to cut wheat

Janel: South Dakota is a nice place to cut wheat

North Central South Dakota—Our spring wheat harvest here in South Dakota is going quickly this year. We’ve had good cutting conditions and heat. Last year we fought lots of humidity and cooler temperatures while we were here so this year it feels so nice to have decent harvesting weather to get the wheat cut without any delays.

South Dakota is a nice place to cut wheat, no doubt about it. Again, it’s even better when we’ve got great cutting conditions. I really just wish there was more wheat to cut here. I’ve been doing some looking around and there’s more corn and soybeans planted here than ever. I’m really missing the days of having so much wheat to cut in this area of South Dakota. There will be more wheat planted someday when the price gets back up there. I checked the corn price today and it’s a whopping $2.55 per bushel. However, the wheat cutting has been tough because there’s a lot of straw to chew through and the wheat has been thick and down a little so we’ve been cutting slow and low.

The spring wheat has been making over 60 bushels per acre and the test weights around 62 and 63 pounds per bushel. The protein has been mostly over 15%.  Our 10 day forecast is hot and dry so we should be able to finish up here and then move up to North Dakota. I enjoy getting there because it’s the greatest feeling knowing that it’s our last stop on our wheat harvest run and then it is home to Nebraska—haven’t been there since May. From there in September we’ll harvest soybeans and corn.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc, BASF, AgriPro, Gleaner and High Plains Journal. Janel Schemper can be reached at janel@allaboardharvest.com.

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This truck was covered in bugs because my dad travelled many miles and drove all night (to southern Kansas) to go get this combine and header. I scrubbed every single bug off and had it looking spotless again in no time at all! I was just happy to have the combine caught back up to the harvest. My dear ole dad has a work ethic that can’t be matched. 

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When the combine quit working June 26 there was some grain in the tank and then it got rained on many times. I got the job of cleaning out the moldy grain when the combine arrived in South Dakota on Aug. 8.  It missed 44 days of busy harvest time due to a break down. (Photo by Carlene Schemper.)

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I got it all cleaned out. It just takes effort and a can do attitude to get a job like this one done. I don’t ever want to mess with moldy grain again though. (Photo by Carlene Schemper.)

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Gross and hopefully never again have to mess with moldy grain.

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Feels like a dream. I love cutting wheat in South Dakota.

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We shut down when everything was full because it was Sunday and the elevator closed at 6 p.m.

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Going to the field to get some wheat cut!

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A nice wheat crop to cut.

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Cutting spring wheat in South Dakota.

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Another field finished.

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I love this time of day and my combine shadow! It’s always quite the sight!

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My combine shadow and an excellent wheat crop!

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Cutting wheat in South Dakota.

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Going to the pickup. I always pray I don’t step on any snakes.

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Early morning elevator line.

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Drive over pit.

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Unloading the grain and piling it on the ground because the bins are full.

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Amazing to me people pay big bucks for rocks like these for yard decorations and landscaping. There’s about a million piles of rocks like this in this area of South Dakota.

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Cutting wheat and I brought the boss lady along today. Miss Moo loves combine time too.

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Miss Moo was watching two deer running across the wheat field. She also saw a huge rabbit and many pheasants in this field.

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Such a beautiful sight and a beautiful day to cut wheat in South Dakota.

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Cutting spring wheat in South Dakota.

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The combine is what I call her rocking chair. She sleeps well in the combine.

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Cutting wheat in South Dakota.  A view from behind the wheel.

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I love Miss Moo’s company. She’s so cute and so funny. I love her personality.

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Again, dreaming the day away in the combine.  It’s 90 degrees outside and she loves the air conditioning on high.

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Such nice roads to travel down to get to the next field.

4 Comments
  • Norm Rotruck
    Posted at 16:42h, 26 August Reply

    You’re such a trooper, Janel!!!

  • Gerald Torkelson
    Posted at 00:39h, 27 August Reply

    Love all your pics and comments. A bit envious too! Maybe use gloves next time in the hopper? Ha!

    • Janel Schemper
      Posted at 19:28h, 30 August Reply

      Hi Gerald Torkelson! Thank you for your message. Gloves are ALWAYS a good idea! I have several pair of gloves in the combine cab that still look brand new because I typically only wear them when it gets cold! Again, I appreciate you message! Thank you! -Janel

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 21:06h, 01 September Reply

    Oh my god Janel , you should have got some nitral rubber gloves before digging that mess out ,Hopefully there was no pigeon shit in the mix that stuff is toxic. What part on that combine failed that Deere could not source out for 44 days . Give Miss Moo a big hug from us.

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