Grand Forks, North Dakota – We arrived at our last harvest stop here in North Dakota earlier than ever. There is a drought going on here and the farmers are praying for rain especially for their soybeans.  There are lots of fields of soybeans and some look good but some are looking short and very dry.  We’ve been cutting spring wheat and will eventually harvest canola too.  The weather has been hot and dry which is good for harvest progress but we are expecting highs in the 70s for a few days.  We've had several consecutive days of 90 degrees.

Typically, we

Pierre, South Dakota – We’ve been staying busy cutting spring wheat but I think we’ll work ourselves out of work pretty soon. All I want to do is keep on cutting wheat and work all day every day. The cutting conditions have been good except for the occasional evening rain shower that has shut us down a time or two. The spring wheat we’ve cut has been in the 40 to 60 bushels per acre range. The test weight has been 61 to 63 pounds per bushel and the protein 12.0 to 16.4 percent. We did cut one field of

Great Falls, Montana – Our crew in the Great Falls, Montana area has been busy cutting winter wheat for over a week now. They are reporting exceptionally good yields.  The winter wheat has been averaging 60 to 90 bushels per acre.  The test weights are 65 to 66 pounds and the protein 12.5%.  Sawfly has been an issue and it’s worse this year.

They are planning on harvesting winter wheat for another 7 to 10 days. After that they’ll harvest spring wheat and then chickpeas to follow.  So far their fields have been big and the truck hauls short.

Schemper Harvesting cutting

Pierre, South Dakota – We made the big trip from Sidney, Nebraska up to the Pierre, South Dakota area and had a great trip. The outside temperature was only 70 degrees and we didn’t have any tire troubles.  That’s a lot to be thankful for on a big day of traveling.  However, there were two places where we got stopped for road construction.  There’s a really big hill north of Bridgeport, Nebraska and so I was getting prepared for it.  I was speeding up going down a hill so I could easily make the upcoming big hill (I was hauling

Chappell, Nebraska – Typically when we are out west cutting wheat the days are filled with plenty of amber waves of grain to harvest and getting a day off is just a wish! Wet conditions have slowed our progress and my only wish lately has been to just be in the field and cutting all of the wheat before it rains “again.”  We’ve experienced a pattern lately of cutting a couple of days and then having few rain days.

It’s usually a rush to get the wheat cut here because South Dakota is next on our route and usually waiting on us

Sidney, Nebraska – It’s been hot and windy and we have been busy cutting wheat lately. The yields have been anywhere from 25 to 60 bushels per acre.  The wheat quality has varied.  The test weights 57 to 65 lbs and the protein 9-12%.  If you want good protein it’s necessary to put on the fertilizer.  It did rain Friday evening anywhere from .35 to 1.5 inches.  And guess what?  There is more rain in the forecast.  I do not like it when it rains while we are here cutting wheat.  The fields are flat and mud easily becomes a

Southwest Nebraska - It’s still unreal to me that we had nothing to cut in western Kansas. I didn’t get to use my Shelbourne header much in Kansas this year.  Blue header time is one of my favorite times during wheat harvest.  I’m disappointed.

We spent the 4th of July cutting in southwest Nebraska.  The wheat yielded 80 plus bushels per acre and the test weight 61 lbs.  For the most part, the wheat was standing good but there were places where it was lodged.  That meant slow and low cutting.  It also made for a really long day of cutting

Enders, Nebraska – I’ve traveled quite a few miles the past couple of days while moving equipment from Kansas up north to southwest Nebraska. Our Kansas run was short this year.  Usually we spend the 4th of July in western Kansas but there was nothing there for us to cut this year.  I have seen way too many fields harvested by the great white combine.  We have lost wheat acres this summer due to hail.  Hail is bad not only for the farmer but also for the custom harvester.  It really throws a wrench in our plans.  There’s been an

Dodge City, Kansas area – Has the same old song and dance ever gotten on your nerves?  That’s what has been happening lately on harvest. I’ve been down this road many times before where we have lots of wheat to cut but we can’t get in the field because of the rain.

The race against the rain has been going on for a week now in Kansas. We’ve gotten some wheat cut but the rain has kept us from being super busy this past week. It rained about an inch Tuesday night.  We got to cut all day Thursday but then

Kinsley, Kansas – The wind had blown for days and there was rain in the forecast.  We harvested wheat up until it started raining.  Luckily, we got the field done and got the combines parked for the night and then the wind hit.  Soon after, it started raining.

I had been cutting wheat all day and the sky kept getting darker as the thunderstorms kept approaching.  I had been checking the radar on my phone often and the storms blew up all around us.  I was expecting to get rained out much sooner.  We were lucky enough to get the field