Weatherford, Oklahoma – Being a custom cutter has been very challenging lately due to the tough cutting conditions in Oklahoma. We haven’t had great harvesting conditions yet and the month of June is almost over.  We’ve had so much humidity and lots of mud to deal with out in the fields.  Between the weather conditions and the ground conditions it has been tough going.  What we need is heat and wind to make our conditions better and no more rain or delays.

The yields have not been as good as they looked like they were going to be from the road.

Frederick, Oklahoma–We had a slow start due to a few rain showers but have finally gotten some decent harvest weather. Starting out we were sampling fields, some were ready but some were just not quite ready yet.  After the rains had passed all of the wheat was finally ready to be cut.  We’ve been putting in some longer days, too, which is great.

It hasn’t been easy though. We’ve had combines stuck in the mud and other harvest challenges.  We’ve had mostly 70 and 80 degree weather but typically when we’re here it’s in the 90s and 100s.  Some of the

Frederick, Oklahoma–When we go south for harvest we are very anxious to cut wheat. We did go to the field with one combine when we arrived on May 28 and cut 50 bushel wheat that weighed 61 pounds per bushel and was 12.1 percent moisture.  Then the rain clouds arrived.  We’ve cut a few days since but have been rained out, too.  Overall, it’s been a slow start.

We attended the annual Case IH harvest safety school in Frederick, Oklahoma, on May 29 and their safety video is a must-see especially for young people.  This is a dangerous occupation and safety

Frederick, Oklahoma – I managed to pack my bag and get out the door once again for harvest. People always ask me when I’m leaving for harvest and I honestly don’t know until the time comes as it depends heavily on the weather.  The first trip down, May 23, I drove a Peterbilt truck and hauled a combine and header.  We had a good trip having no blown out tires but we had one little road construction detour.  The second trip down, May 28, I drove a Peterbilt truck again and hauled a tractor and grain cart.  We had one

Frederick, Oklahoma – In honor of harvest kickoff this year I thought it’d be fun to share a little fact about John Deere. Have you ever thought about John Deere’s colors and how or why they were chosen? I’ve always thought that the John Deere green and yellow colors are the best ones of the best ones. Both are photogenic colors right along with the colors of harvest. The classic green with yellow wheels is iconic and traditional.

There are several theories as to how and why the colors were chosen. I was once told that Mr. John Deere’s wife chose

Holdrege, Nebraska – I just can’t wait to get on the road again! Laugh out loud! How can it be harvest time again already? I am Janel Schemper and a third generation U.S. custom harvester. I cannot wait to be back in the fields harvesting those beautiful amber waves of grain and seeing the best sunsets that our country has to offer during the harvest season from May thru November. I have spent every summer of my life following the wheat harvest from Texas to North Dakota. I went south for my first harvest at only five months old. I

Holdrege, Nebraska – I got home from North Dakota on September 11th and started cutting soybeans on September 13th. Fall harvest was quickly in full swing which made me very happy! I cut for 16 consecutive days and had big dreams of harvesting all fall without any stops.  Mother Nature has held us up recently. We’ve had some rain delays and it just pushes us back.

All I want to do is be in the field all day every day until we finish harvest (typically in November sometimes December). I’ve been fighting the weather almost the entire harvest season (May through present).

Grand Forks, North Dakota – Canola is one of my favorite crops to harvest.  We’ve been blessed with several beautiful days here in North Dakota to cut canola.  We use pickup headers to pick up swaths of canola but this year we are straight cutting every acre and the pickup headers have stayed in the shed.  It’s been hot and dry and the canola fields were sprayed prior to harvest.

Yields typically average 50 to 70 bushels per acre which is 2,500-3,500 pounds per acre or more. Canola seeds are small and round with approximately 90,000 to 115,000 seeds per pound.  The

Grand Forks, North Dakota – The spring wheat we’ve been harvesting recently has been as beautiful as ever. The yields have been great. I know nobody likes a bragger. Definitely not bragging, just saying! They must have had a good winter and the perfect amount of snow and rain (moisture) with the perfect timing to grow such a beautiful wheat crop here in North Dakota. They put on the fertilizer too. I will give the farmers credit. There are good farmers here and they know how to get it done and done right!

The wheat I harvested recently has been yielding over

Great Falls, Montana - Our crew out in Montana is keeping busy cutting chickpeas and so far so good JC says.  The chickpeas are easy cutting and they are making harvest progress.  They are yielding in the 40s and they are dry.  They also had Canada fires heavy smoke in the air for several days.  Once they finish chickpeas they'll cut barley.

The durum they cut yielded over 70 bushels per acre.  The spring wheat averaged about 65 bushels per acre and the best winter wheat they cut yielded 92 bushels per acre.  Montana must've had perfect rains and the right timing to have