30 Jul Janel: Busy harvest days continue
Western Nebraska—We moved north last Wednesday. I couldn’t believe the hail damage from Goodland, Kansas, to Holyoke, Colorado. The crops were pounded by hail for so many consecutive miles. I feel sorry for all of those farmers that lost crops. That was a terrible sight.
We made it to the farm on July 19, unloaded and we’ve been staying very busy in the wheat fields. However, the conditions are tough. There’s lots of sawfly and tough straw again this year here in Nebraska. The headers plug up and the combines sometimes do too. I wonder if fungicide or a spray creates the toughness? The wheat so far is averaging 35 to 50 bushels per acre. The test weights around 59 pounds per bushel. The moisture has been running dry around only 9%.
Three of our combines didn’t stop here. They hustled up to north central Montana and went straight to the wheat field. They were about a week late getting there. However, the yields are excellent and the conditions good. I hope they have a great run there.
We have five combines here. We’ll be busy for several more days yet especially with the hot and dry forecast. When we finish here three more combines will go to Montana and two to South Dakota. I can’t wait to get there. I love the north country. For me, it’s my favorite part of the summer wheat harvest.
I went home to Holdrege very briefly on July 22 to run some errands and also did three CDL tests. I actually had two people ask me if I was done harvesting. I kindly said no but I wanted to say that the best part of harvest is still yet to come. I don’t think people realize my harvest schedule. I’m only home about five months out of the year. The other seven months I’m gone harvesting. This business takes serious dedication to make it all work.
Janel can be reached at email@example.com.
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