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Laura: Big skies aren’t just for Montana

Southeastern Colorado: There was a Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl on PBS a few years back. They described this part of the world as “no man’s land.” It is a sparsely populated part of the country where only the toughest survive. Extreme weather conditions can make for a feast or famine yield situation depending on which side the pendulum swings. With all that being said, it is absolutely one of my favorite stops of the run.

Montana is known as big sky country and that is an accurate description. However, I would argue southeastern Colorado is equally so. I can try to use words to describe it, but its more of a feeling a person has to experience. There is something a little wild and freeing for one’s soul to be in such big country. It gives me a peace that’s hard to relay.

Our time in southeast Colorado was marked with some days of great cutting, some humid starts, some rain, and some sunny days. Basically, like much of the season, it was a buffet of all the weather things and caused us to be split again to cover acres. Final totals aren’t dialed in, but a preliminary guess from one of the crew members says yields were likely around 25 bushels per acre on some of the fields. Don’t let that number fool you. The farmers in this area work hard to have top notch crops and operations. Even though they do their part, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate. However, we can be thankful that a crop was made after such a dry start earlier in the season.

Taking photos out here puts me in my happy place.

Night time at the bins. 

Chris doing his thing. 

The skies were alive on this evening. 

Darcy about to pick up the next load. 

Little man watching the crew run. 

Laura Haffner can be reached at

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  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 21:12h, 30 July

    Great pics Laura !! Here in Alberta it is sooo dry the frogs are packing their own water, back home in the Peace River country the heavy gumbo in the Rycroft area there might be a small crop maybe 30 bu . wheat ,canola is almost a rite off .The two real dry years that I can remember were 1967 & 1981 .67 we had real good spring moisture ,35 bu wheat . Had no rain till Sept 3 ,most crops were off in Aug., 81 we combined mostly at night for a few days it was 100f plus no areation in the bins so we needed cool grain . How is the rest of your Harvest looking ,is Montana still a go? Give Lady A & Little Man a big hug from us. Work Safe !!

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 11:17h, 03 August

      It’s crazy how dry it is. So many people are hurting in so many places. I hope it breaks soon up there!

  • Graeme leigh
    Posted at 20:12h, 31 July

    Amazing photos again Laura

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 11:14h, 03 August

      Thanks, Graeme! Still waiting for you to ride along!

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