Montana—As the kids have grown, Ryan and I are continually trying to achieve a work-life balance for them and that looks different each season. There are so many amazing lessons to be learned on the road, but there are also valuable experiences to be had at home too. The challenge with parenting is that you never know if you're doing it right or not, but we, like so many of you reading this, are just trying to do the best we can for them.
We're fortunate that centrally located Kansas is our home base. This enables us

Onida, South Dakota—Everyone can use some good advice from time to time. After 40 years of harvesting, we probably qualify to offer some helpful harvesting pointers. But there is always something more to learn in life, and I recently stumbled across an old saying that seemed worth sharing with you. Benjamin Franklin is well known for saying, "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise." The crew maybe has not been following the "early to bed" part, but the rest of this age-old proverb rings true this week.

 

The crew's health

South Dakota—We got here July 20 and the winter wheat had green in it yet so we waited a couple of days to let it ripen. When we did sample it was 12.4%. So we've been staying busy cutting excellent winter wheat north of Pierre, South Dakota. It's yielding in the 80s and is a heavy crop weighing 65 pounds per bushel. The protein is above 14%.
The wheat is standing good but the straw has been green and tough and that takes horsepower and fuel to get through it. We just replaced all of the sickle

Onida, South Dakota—No matter where I go or what state I am in, I've been noticing a trend while traveling the harvest trail. Maybe everyone's schedule is so busy there's simply no time to take decorations down. Perhaps people are just so enthusiastic they can't help but celebrate all year long. Or maybe it’s just pure laziness. Whatever the reason, everywhere I go this summer I still find Christmas trees wrapped in garland, glinting in the summer sun. Storefronts display fake frosted windowpanes despite the excessive heat advisory just issued, and icicle lights hung from the



Fort Benton, Montana—It has taken a few days for me to get caught up after our long move to Montana, but I'm so glad we're here. We started combining right away starting just east of Fort Benton picking up wind rows. The first fields averaged about 60 bushels an acre and moving farther to the southeast they averaged closer to 80 bushels per acre. It was a great start to see some higher yields, but we couldn't get too excited yet.

 



Soon after three combines started pickup head work, winter wheat was ready to go

Sidney, Nebraska—Full disclosure, this is a catch-up post. There are times in the season where the motherhood, harvest, and life all collide and the last week has been just that. I'm currently overnighting in western Nebraska on my way to join back up with the crew in Montana. They just arrived a couple days ago and have been running like crazy ever since. Tonight, they were driven out of the field by a big hailstorm. We hope the morning light will show an isolated event on the farm and nothing too widespread. I even caught the edge of