Western Kansas: Due to weather and trying to compensate for that with crew positioning, I have been running a machine more this summer than in a long time. It has been a fun change of pace. I really enjoy being in the field working with Ryan and the crew. I recently wrote this on my social media page at "Under the Flyover Sky" to offer encouragement to those who work with their significant other. It is in quotes below, and I thought maybe some of you could relate.

"I was called up to help so had to take a few refresher

Southeastern Colorado: There was a Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl on PBS a few years back. They described this part of the world as “no man’s land.” It is a sparsely populated part of the country where only the toughest survive. Extreme weather conditions can make for a feast or famine yield situation depending on which side the pendulum swings. With all that being said, it is absolutely one of my favorite stops of the run.

Montana is known as big sky country and that is an accurate description. However, I would argue southeastern Colorado is equally so. I

Southeast Colorado: Hi everyone. This harvest has perhaps moved into the position of “craziest one ever” due to weather. I’ve been a little bit of here, there and everywhere lately. That includes in a combine. As a result, I’ve gotten terribly behind so the next few posts will hopefully get you up to speed on some of the happenings of the team.

We headed out to southeast Colorado with the idea that I would probably be in a machine. However, the weather initially didn’t cooperate, so that gave us a few extra days of flexibility to play with our farm family’s

Oklahoma–Once the rain cleared up in Texas, we had a stretch of strong cutting conditions. It was truly a time of eat, sleep, cut, repeat for the crew. Unseasonably warm temperatures in the 100s, in mid-June, stretched across the plains causing wheat to ripen quickly across a wide region. As a result, we had to split our crew three ways. Thankfully, the experience of the team allowed us to do so and we were able to make our stops. Yields in northern Oklahoma were in the 50-bushel per acre range with test weights hovering around 61 to 62 pounds.

A highlight

Please welcome, to the AAWH blog, Farris Brothers Inc., a custom harvesting firm from Edson, Kansas. The crew harvests from southern Oklahoma to northern Montana each summer before returning home for fall harvest.

I recently caught up with Rick at a field on the corner of 183 highway in west central Oklahoma. The field was slightly broken up, so one machine was running in the northeast quadrant while the other two worked the southwest side of the field. The grain cart picked up machines as they filled. Heat waves could be seen coming from the red Case IH machines as they

Oklahoma: The weather in Texas caused harvest to last long enough that the kids and I finally had to pull the plug on our time with southern harvest. I typically try to time my trip back home about the same time each season to intercept mail and do whatever else needs to be done at the home or farm. It's a luxury of living in the middle of the run.

Other crew members had just moved up to our west central stop in Oklahoma. We swung by the field to deliver a late lunch of fast food burgers and shakes since

Northern Texas: As promised, I am sprinkling some other custom harvesters into my posts this summer. I know you will enjoy learning more about other teams.

My first AAWH guest is Johnson Harvesting, of Evansville, Minnesota. They are celebrating their 61st season of custom harvesting. With that kind of longevity, there is a good chance that you’ve seen their fleet of matching blue Kenworth trucks if you are out and about during harvest time in the Great Plains region.

Johnson Harvesting is owned by Shawn and Lance Johnson. The brothers split duties. Lance operates the farming operation. Shawn, with his wife Rachel

Northern Texas: Soap operas with their drama have never been my thing. I've only seen a handful of episodes in my life, but I feel like I'm living a harvester-themed one at the moment. I believe there was once one called, "As the World Turns." In my harvest-themed one, it would be altered to, "As the Rain Falls." It rains when the forecast says it's going to rain. It rains when the forecasts gives little to no chance of rain. If it doesn't rain, the humidity stays high, even on the hot days, and the grain retains the moisture preventing

Northern Texas: The wheat finally dried down enough for us to cut a whopping two truckloads Sunday evening before the rain started again that night. I suppose on the positive side, two truckloads is better than no truckloads, which is what the stats sheet had read previously.

Yesterday, June 7, was another day of humid, cloudy conditions. We woke in the night to rain, and it continued until morning. Some areas received only a few hundredths while others received closer to an inch or more. We even heard a report of an area further south that had five inches.

The guys have

Northern Texas: Rain, unusually cool temperatures, overcast skies and puffy clouds have continued their unwelcome stay down south. Very little cutting is happening from custom harvesters and farmers alike. Normally, when I’m running up and down the highways, I see machines rolling, dust clouds rising on the horizon and grain trucks humming down the road. However, all is quiet. You would not even know its harvest time if not for passing the ripe wheat fields and seeing them for yourself. At church Sunday people spoke to us about concerns of wheat sprouting in the head if it continues much longer