Jordan, Montana–I’m certain you’ve had days like this … you try and try to make some sort of headway and, instead, it feels like you get nowhere.

That’s what this past week has been for us.

We didn’t get back in the field until later in the day on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Our intentions were good–we wanted to start around 10 a.m., but the moisture just wouldn’t dry down to the magic number until early afternoon. We finished the winter wheat and moved immediately to the spring wheat.

Z Crew

The beginning of another day!

Z Crew

Waiting, waiting, waiting! Some good stories

Kansas, North Dakota, Montana—The light is at the end of the summer harvest run tunnel. The crew has finished up in southern Montana and are en route to or have started their last job respectively. This is the time of the year that the crew does a big split with one group finishing the season up in northern Montana and the other in North Dakota. The crew in North Dakota kicked off with canola harvest and initial yields are currently 40 plus bushels an acre.

Southern Montana finished on a positive note with spring wheat yields coming in around 50

North Dakota–The entire month of August has felt like fall up here in the Dakotas. For harvesters, this takes a lot of patience as it causes us opportunity lost for income and puts us behind schedule. We need heat, wind and sunshine to cut lots of wheat and we’ve hardly had any, plus we've sat through several rain storms. We finished up in South Dakota and did cut nice wheat there that yielded 55 to 65 bushels per acre. The test weights were less than 60 pounds per bushel but the protein was 14 to 16 percent.

We are

Onida, South Dakota - I feel I'm beginning to sound like a broken record. Since we have arrived here, harvest has been plagued by cool weather and wet conditions not seen for decades. As we cross the one-month mark since our arrival, no one could have anticipated so few acres would be harvested up to this point. I wish I had better news to share, maybe something a little more cheery to talk about. That's not the case this time, and I guess there is no reason to sugar-coat our mood. Farmers and harvesters alike are feeling

Onida, South Dakota—Rain. Wind. Hail. I probably shouldn't be using four-letter words, but it's just unavoidable at this point. The last time we got together I brought you video live from the field as a significant storm was approaching. How did it all play out? Not very good, I'm afraid.


Angry skies made it clear we were not going to dodge this storm.  Little did we know just how severe this one would become, packing hail and high winds. Rain drops started to fall just as we brought in the machines.

We expected to have some

South Dakota–The month of August has been awfully cool. What we need to make harvest progress is heat, sunshine and wind and it seems we can’t get much of any of them.  It is frustrating.  All harvesters up north are dealing with these cooler temperatures and slow harvest progress.  It feels like October weather with highs only in the 70s.  The scattered rain showers are messing with our harvest time too.  South Dakota is not in a drought this year.  The ground is wet and the cloudy days and cooler temperatures are not drying