Southwest Oklahoma–Wheat harvest has just been full of tough luck lately. The weather has delayed our progress at our first stop. It’s getting late and we need to get the wheat cut here so we can move up the road.  We caught another rain last night. We just can’t roll. It feels like we have not had a big day of cutting yet. We want to get over some acres and get the grain hauled to the elevator but the weather has been challenging.

The wheat has been yielding 35 to 65 bushels per acre. The test weights have been over

Southwest Oklahoma – I had thoughts of going on harvest and cutting wheat right away when we arrived May 25. We waited around for several days before we got to start cutting. We definitely didn't come here to sit, we came to work but there's nothing I can do about the weather. I've been through it before. I know I just have to wait it out because that's the way harvest is sometimes. So far the yields have been decent. I’ve cut 45- to 65-bushel wheat. The test weights have been 58 to 63 pounds per bushel and the protein

Southwest Oklahoma–We arrived at our first harvest stop on May 25. The wheat was still a little green and the forecast not so hot. We took the time to attend the US Custom Harvesters, Inc. safety meeting in Wichita Falls, Texas. It was a very good meeting and there was quite the crowd that attended. The speakers were really great and hopefully everyone learned a lot. Safety should always be a priority. Did you know that truck drivers are required to wear a seat belt and texting while driving is not allowed at all? I see people texting and driving

Holdrege, Nebraska—I’ve traveled over three thousand miles recently hauling equipment to our first stop on our wheat harvest run. The wheat looks so green and lush almost the whole way down. I enjoy the trips going south for wheat harvest. I hauled a combine and header down the first trip. I hauled a tractor and grain cart down the second trip. The third trip I’ll drive a truck or a pickup with a camper behind. On the trips back home, my dad and I travel together. It's interesting to hear his stories on harvest over the years. For instance, he

Holdrege, Nebraska—Hello from Holdrege, Nebraska. I am Janel Schemper and have been a custom harvester all of my life. I have been running combine full-time since I was thirteen years old. I’ve been chasing my combine career forever. Each year I harvest winter wheat, spring wheat, canola, soybeans and corn along our seven state harvest route. My whole life, I’ve been a part of our harvest crew. It seems like I’m always taking care of business whether it’s harvest time or not. It is a family business and the work is never ending. I’ve always got taking care of customers

Northeastern North Dakota—We recently had a nice change of scenery. We took a drive over to the International Peace Gardens. I didn’t even know it existed and my dad said he’d been there many years ago. So, LaVern, Carlene, Miss Moo and I made the trip over to Dunsieth, North Dakota (near highway 281). We crossed the border and Miss Moo has been next to the border before (because we’ve harvested fields just next to the Canadian border) but this time she made it to Manitoba! She’s been to many states and now another country! Way to go, Miss Moo!

My

Northeastern North Dakota—We are harvesting spring wheat way up north now at what I call Combine City, USA. I’ve been coming here for about 20 years now and it’s always full of combines at wheat harvest time. Most of the work we do here is bin work.  The wheat we’ve cut so far made over 80 bushels per acre. The wheat and canola look very good here this year. The soybeans look great too. I haven’t seen any corn fields in this area this year. Last year I saw many fields of corn but heard it was all destroyed because

North Dakota—All of our combines have finished cutting recently in north central Montana. Three combines have joined us here in northeastern North Dakota to cut wheat and canola. Three combines are currently headed south for fall harvest where they’ll begin in western Kansas picking wet corn.

Our Montana harvest consisted of harvesting winter wheat, spring wheat, barley and chickpeas. The winter wheat was straight cut as well as picked up in swaths. It made over 70 bushels per acre and the test weights were over 60 pounds per bushel and the protein 10.5%. The spring wheat our crew cut made around

North Dakota—I’m feeling happy because we’ve made it to our last stop on wheat harvest! That’s a great feeling because we’ve made it this far and when we’re finished here we’ll head back south and begin fall harvest at home. We are way up north near the Canadian border in northeastern North Dakota. This is my very favorite place to cut wheat and canola. However, we started on field peas. We have had decent luck. The first day of cutting field peas there was too much humidity so the conditions were tougher. However, the sun has shined and we have

North Central South Dakota—Our spring wheat harvest here in South Dakota is going quickly this year. We’ve had good cutting conditions and heat. Last year we fought lots of humidity and cooler temperatures while we were here so this year it feels so nice to have decent harvesting weather to get the wheat cut without any delays.

South Dakota is a nice place to cut wheat, no doubt about it. Again, it’s even better when we’ve got great cutting conditions. I really just wish there was more wheat to cut here. I’ve been doing some looking around and there’s more corn