Jordan, Montana–It’s been a very slow wheat harvesting week! Showers have plagued us since Aug. 9.

I’m not sure how much rain we’ve had but if I were to guess, I would guess maybe three inches. It didn’t come all at once. It’s just been throughout the week in small increments. The temperatures have remained on the cool side with lots of clouds. The past week has felt more like autumn than summer.

Curt, Jamie and the kids made it back home early afternoon on Tuesday. That same day, we had been invited to meet Bruce and Leigh Krumbach in

Southern Montana—Another day, another wheat field. However, it's not "just" another wheat field to us! It's our farmer’s wheat field. That wheat field is a farm’s chance at income for that season and an important time for the operation. Despite cutting many acres throughout the season, its important not to get complacent. We need to continue to harvest each field like they are our own because there is no such thing as “just another” wheat field. Each one is important to customer and to us! We value each opportunity to serve.

Our first farm in southern Montana resulted

South Dakota–We are caught back up to the harvest again. The wheat has been borderline ready.  We have cut nice wheat though that has been yielding 60 to 70 bushels per acre.  The test weight has been 62 to 63 pounds per bushel and the protein 12.5 percent.  It rained lately which delayed our harvesting time but hopefully all of the wheat will be ready to cut once the conditions are right again.

All I want to do is cut wheat but there is almost always downtime here in South Dakota because we cut winter wheat

Jordan, Montana–We made it! The final chapter of Harvest 2019 is now being written.

The last miles of our trip from Tribune to Jordan were good and bad. The road we didn’t know anything about (between Terry and Brockway) was a piece of cake. It was the miles between Brockway and Jordan that had both of us sitting on the edge of our seat and holding our breath.

When the road sign says, "Road is narrow and rough." They mean exactly that! We only met three or four semis on the narrowest parts of the highway. Thank goodness for two

Onida, South Dakota—When we come to South Dakota we are always prepared to roll up our sleeves and get to work.  Serious work.  Mile-long fields, big yields, long hauls, late nights and early mornings ... this is harvesting on a grand scale, and it can be exhausting.  So the fact that we have been here for two weeks and haven't put in a full day of work yet is unexpected and a little disappointing.


The wide open spaces of South Dakota provide views unlike any other.  Golden wheat stands in contrast to the green prairie grasses and blue skies

South Dakota – We finished up cutting wheat in western Nebraska on Aug. 1 and that is a first for me.  I can’t remember ever cutting wheat in Nebraska in August.  We cut a lot of nice wheat there and overall it was a good crop this year and the farmers were pleased with the yields.

We recently got moved up to the Pierre, South Dakota area and had a good trip. I saw a lot of motorcycles cruising around and also more brand new grain bins.  It is 400 plus miles for us to get here