Hamilton, Greeley, and Wallace County, Kansas — Wheat harvest has been moving quickly along the most western edge of Kansas. It seems to be moving so fast that my analytical brain wanted to see some historical data on the matter. I reached out to the Kansas Wheat Commission to see what sort of information the commission could provide the All Aboard readership. The commission came through in a big way and has allowed me to share the diagram below.

Thanks to the Kansas Wheat Commission for sharing this data.

According to the wheat report released today, July 1, 2024

Minneola, Kansas — Last week's heavy rains threw a wrench in our harvest plans, and they foiled our attempt to finish in the Sublette area before the wheat was ready in Minneola. Suddenly all our acres were ready at once, and it left us feeling a little overwhelmed. Being in two places at the same time may be impossible, but we took the opportunity to exercise a can-do attitude here in Kansas.

The weather has kept us on our toes, ever-changing during our time spent here. Some days have been cloudy and cool with highs in

Western Kansas — I've been loving this beautiful wheat and weather. It's truly been amazing. It has stayed very hot, windy and dry ever since we began here. The conditions have continued to stay good, and the dust has been flying.

The Shelbourne stripper headers have been getting over some acres. This has got to be one of the most beautiful wheat crops I've ever harvested. The wheat is yielding well, and the test weights have been more than 61 pounds per bushel.

We recently had 10 consecutive days of harvesting the days away. Today is

Sublette, Kansas — No two years are ever the same, but the stark contrast between harvest this year and last year borders on ironic. We blitzed Oklahoma, cutting straight through without a break and working more consecutive days in the first week than we did at any point during all of 2023. Any rain showers we did receive only resulted in a delay of hours, not days. Last year's downpours have been replaced by wind-driven dust.

Our move to Kansas was hampered by the hot, windy weather and road construction. Sustained winds of over 30 mph and

Gove County, Kansas — As the lift gate of the SUV raised toward the sky, the wind speed seemed to simultaneously increase. I had seen some weather reports say that the wind would rival that of a March, spring day. That prediction seemed to be holding true.

As salad was placed on plates for an early afternoon meal, pieces of lettuce flew from the dishes like well timed fighter jets lifting off a carrier.  Luckily, a well placed squiggle of ranch was enough weight to take care of that problem. Lunch soon returned to a more manageable situation

Combining by Ulysses. The fields are a little uneven, but the crop is great.

Ulysses, Kansas — After finishing up by Pratt, Kansas, and Anthony, Kansas, all but our Perryton crew gathered up in Pratt to get ready to rearrange crews and send one crew toward Tribune, Kansas, and the other to help out a fellow harvester by Ulysses, Kansas.

Loading equipment in Pratt.

Pratt was a much better stop this year than last with wheat averaging mostly in the 50s. It was good to see that wheat turned out better in this area than last year. Anthony also