31 Aug Laura: Cut, rain, cut, rain, repeat …
Northern Montana: Harvest continues in the northern part of the “Golden Triangle.” The crew ran hard for a few days then caught a rain delay. They ran hard again and then caught another rain delay. The rains are welcome though. In an area that has suffered from drought this season hope is increasing for favorable winter wheat planting conditions. The rain has also given the crew a chance to make needed repairs.
The wheat is currently making around 45 bushels per acre. Through no fault of the farmer, the yields are lower than what is normally expected. The drought mentioned above, in addition to spotty hail, all played into that number. However, we are all thankful there are bushels to harvest.
The harvest is early this year due to the conditions. The crew has finished up winter wheat and has moved on to the spring. We are starting to count down the days to our return home.
The crew members who were cutting in this field finished up winter wheat the night I snapped this photo.
Chatting with the team on the radio.
Waiting to take the next load to the bin.
Heading back to the field to pick up the next load.
A bee hive of activity.
Laura Haffner can be reached at email@example.com.
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