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2018 Wheat Harvest

Wheat view Eddies Trucks

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!

Wheat Eddie 2018 FGD (1)

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.

SPV WHEAT HARVEST 2018

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!

Kansas wheat harvest 2018 case ih combine

Wheat harvest 2018 Kansas Irrigated

2018 wheat harvest annual pic

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie


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Soybean planting 2018 & Spring Update

soybean planting 2018 farm dad and daughter

Soybean planting was completed all in four (long) days this year!  Milton planted 328 acres total.  We are hoping it will be a good crop come this fall when we harvest it!

This week he has been hauling wheat that we had stored in the on farm bins.  It’s time to get them ready for the 2018 wheat harvest next month!

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While the farmer was busy hauling wheat I started preparing for my part in the upcoming wheat harvest.  A meal plan and shopping list  were started! I feel like I am way behind this year but here’s to hoping I get some ready beforehand! Made such a difference last year!

scale tickets wheat harvest

I also printed scale tickets.  Our “on the farm” storage requires us to weigh the trucks on our scale and we fill out our homemade scale tickets.  We fill up our farm storage before taking grain to the elevator, this allows us to pick when we sell our grain and not pay storage fees.  One of my jobs, when I’m not at my “off the farm” job, is to weigh the trucks when they come in and before they leave.

It gets pretty hot out in the June sunshine with the Kansas humidity tied in but I enjoyed it last year for the most part.

Farm Wife

I think this year I will be teaching our 10 year old daughter how to weigh the trucks, along with how to do the laundry and making lunch! 🙂

I am super excited this year because my brother is coming back to help with harvest!  I love having him around and he really is a huge help since he grew up on a farm.  We SO appreciate him!

Family

 

Well that’s a short update from the farm! We hope you are all doing well and be sure to go find us on Instagram and Facebook! I will probably go live periodically during wheat harvest!
Julie

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