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Laura: Cooking (harvesting) with gas, or heat, or something like that…

Central Kansas: Yesterday, June 20, was another hot one. Dust was flying as we approached the south side of the field. The crew has been making fast work of the assigned acres due to the heat and the wind. There’s a small chance of rain the next couple of days. We hope to finish before that materializes, but I’m watching thunderheads start to pop outside my window. The predicted 87 degrees for tomorrow will be a welcomed break from the 100 degree weather, if even for one day.

In my travels recently, I’ve had some questions about what type of wheat is grown in Kansas. Since I know we have a diverse audience, I thought this may be a good time to address the topic. The most common wheat in our part of the state is hard red winter wheat. This type of wheat is drilled in the fall and goes dormant in the winter. Hard red winter wheat breaks dormancy in late winter or early spring which we call green-up. HRW continues to mature and is harvested in early summer. You can learn more about wheat in Kansas and the United States by clicking this link.

Yesterday we had a nice surprise at the field. One of Ryan’s sisters and nephew stopped by for a visit and brought another sister’s daughter to the field. That was a bit complicated—he has a huge family. Little Man and Lady A were thrilled to see them and were especially excited to take their cousin for a ride in the combine. We commandeered one from Isaac and away we went. I can tell you, our days of packing into a cab like that are numbered. We’re running out of room for everyone’s growing, lanky legs and arms.

In regards to stats from this area, I was seeing between 40 to 50 bushels per acre come across the monitor when I was in the machine. Truck driver Gabe reported his last load was 10.7% moisture. Test weight for the load was 63.3 with protein at 12.66%.

Cousin time was a great surprise and real treat. (Photo by Laura Haffner.)

Truck drivers Gabe and Ryno solving the world’s problems. (Photo by Laura Haffner.)

Isaac’s combine we borrowed. (Photo by Laura Haffner.)

Keep those wheels turning. (Photo by Laura Haffner.)

Laura Haffner can be reached at laura@allaboardharvest.com.

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