North central South Dakota—Hello from the Dakotas! I was out in Montana for a few weeks and kept busy there harvesting winter wheat. We could’ve and would’ve stayed in Montana longer but had spring wheat to cut in South Dakota and had another deal going on with a combine that was still sitting down south. It missed a month and a half of very busy harvest time due to a break down. It was finally time to go pick it up and haul it up north here to cut spring wheat.

The winter wheat in Montana was making over 70 bushels

North central Montana—Ever heard the phrase been there done that? I've been told for many years by my parents that they'd never go back to Montana to cut wheat. So never in my life did I think I'd be harvesting in Montana. I’m here and it’s been quite the change from the Dakotas, which are my favorite on my harvest run. Almost my whole life we’ve always rushed to South Dakota to cut winter wheat just as soon as we finished up in western Nebraska. This year we had no winter wheat to cut in South Dakota and the spring

Western Nebraska—We’ve been hot and dry for weeks now. I’d say I’ve been cutting wheat every single day for nearly four weeks straight. I’ve seen a couple of pop-up thunderstorms out here in western Nebraska but neither time did we receive any rain in the field. One storm looked horrific coming towards us. I was cutting wheat and very high winds hit and there was dirt in the air and the wheat was dancing in the wind. We just kept cutting and the wind storm lasted for about thirty minutes. Luckily, all we got was wind and the rain went

Western Kansas—The days have been hot and we’ve been busy harvesting wheat out here in good ole western Kansas! I enjoy it out here. Typically, it’s hot and dry but we’ve had a couple of pop-up thunderstorms. The wheat has been yielding anywhere from 30 to 70 bushels per acre but the test weights have remained under 60 pounds per bushel. Certain varieties didn’t yield well this year that yielded really well last year. Too much wind shelled out one variety which was disappointing.

One reason I love harvesting here is because when I arrive I put on my blue header

Western Kansas—The month of June is over and we’re on to July already and I've got my blue header on again. I have dreamed of having 100-bushel wheat to harvest again this year but when I got out west on June 29 I quickly noticed the wheat yields falling way short of last year. The wheat is averaging 30 to 70 bushels per acre and the test weights under 60 pounds per bushel. A freeze in April damaged the wheat crop and no rain has caused the lower results.

I do love it out west and enjoy being here. The land

Dodge City, Kansas—For the first few days of cutting in southern Kansas we were fighting green. The moisture on the loads went 13.3% to 15%.  The fields I’m cutting have big, full wheat heads.  It’s all making over 60 bushels per acre.  The test weights have been 61 to 64 pounds per bushel. We’ve had to cut around some green wheat in the fields and then will have to go back later and get it cut when it’s ready. The wind has been blowing strong for several days. That has helped ripen the wheat right along. Now all at once

Dodge City, Kansas–Schemper Harvesting’s four crews have finished up in Oklahoma and are in southern Kansas now. Jared cut wheat southwest of Wichita that yielded 25 to 50 bushels per acre and the test weights were 63 to 65 pounds per bushel. JC just got moved to the Pratt area and says the wheat is green yet and some looks several days off. We finished in Oklahoma late last week and moved 215 miles north and the wheat was green when we got here. We worked 18 days straight in Oklahoma and had no rain delays. Wheat ripens 20 to

Weatherford, Oklahoma–We’ve been harvesting wheat averaging 40 and 50 bushels per acre. The test weight has been really good at 64 and 65 pounds per bushel. Then all at once to our surprise the test weight was 66.1 to 66.4 pounds per bushel and it stayed that way. That is a record. It’s just unheard of and is an outstanding test weight!

We have been cutting right along. The days have been hot with highs in the 90s and 100s. Clear skies and sunshine work wonders for us harvesters.  Our 10-day forecast is hot and dry too!  It’s only June 8

Weatherford, Oklahoma–We were lucky enough to have a ten day stretch to start out the wheat harvest before we got our first rain shower. It rained 80 hundredths last night here in the Weatherford, Oklahoma, area.  It feels great to work every day for ten days like we just did and then when we do get a slower day it feels so much more well deserved.  I’m sure we’ll be back in the field later today though.  I hope so anyways!

We finished up at Frederick and that was a miracle to get all of our wheat cut there without having

Frederick, Oklahoma – Hello again All Aboard Wheat Harvest followers! Harvest is finally here and, as always, it’s great to be back in the wheat fields of the Great Plains of America!  However, I’m disappointed in the yields so far.  This area of southwest Oklahoma was beat bad by freeze in April.  The wheat was looking outstanding, too, and then Mother Nature was so mean.  We lost several thousands of acres and several days of work due to the freeze.  The wheat is yielding anywhere from 10 to 45 bushels per acre.  It makes me wonder what it would’ve been