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Fall Harvest 2018 Starts!

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The combine header has been changed a couple times and been running in the past couple weeks! A two fields of corn were harvested and one field of grain sorghum or what we like to call milo! I love the color of milo, it’s so pretty but it also very itchy!

 

First let’s chat about the corn that was harvested. I am going to be honest – it kinda sucked so far. We normally like to see non-irrigated corn around a 100 yield this field made 75 to 82.

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Primary reasons = Mother nature. Lack of moisture.  But it is what it is and there isn’t anything this farm family can do about it. We will just pull our purse strings tighter, borrow money if we need to and pray for strength in this time of farming difficulty. I couldn’t pull my husband away from this farm if I wanted. His roots are deeply planted and will never be harvested.

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The field of milo that we started harvesting on August 29th we didn’t get very far on before a breakdown occurred. The combine’s bevel gears went out and so the farmer had to head back to the farm yard. The next day he made a parts run and got to harvesting!

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This field of grain sorghum produced a pretty nice yield of 102.  We won’t complain about that at all!  This is the first year we have produced a crop on this field.  We have a new landlord and it is a field that I can see from my front porch too!

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The other fields are not quite ready and we also received a great deal of rainfall in the past couple days.  Soon enough it will be a very busy time again.  Milton has to sow the wheat for the new crop and harvest the fall crops!

 

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Julie


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2018 Wheat Harvest

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The wheat harvest has come and gone.  I had hoped to write a couple posts during the actual harvesting but that didn’t happen.   Since I work a town job I missed taking photographs like I wish I could at all the fields.  But I am sure I will have enough to make my annual calendar for the landlords!

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Since we didn’t have much moisture this past winter it did affect the crop.  I snapped this picture while in the field of the large crack in the dirt.

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I was able to walk through the wheat fields and my ankles didn’t even get scratched hardly.  It’s sad but yet a reality.  This harvest wrapped up in 8 days, which is about 4 days shorter than usual. We even stopped for a few hours for softball games this year.  The condition of the wheat was not stellar this year but yet we are grateful.

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Normally we fill the on farm bins first then head to the elevator. This year we filled all the bins but didn’t need to take any wheat to the elevator except for one field we crop share verses cash rent.

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My brother came back again this year for wheat harvest, since it came a week earlier than we anticipated he only got in on about 3 days worth.  But we found other farm work for him to do the two weeks he was in Kansas!

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Our Case IH 6088 that we bought used in 2015 has been a great machine for us.  This year we did have an issue with the alternator so it slowed us down from finishing our last field.  The guys had to stop and take a break, can you tell it’s breaking their hearts to have to do that?  🙂

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Kansas Wheat Harvest

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I have more photos from wheat harvest but not enough time to reduce them and upload them for the blog.  Here are a few though!

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Our annual picture.  Our farm girl is getting so big now! Watch out Dad!

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie