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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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? 🙂
Kansas Wheat Harvest
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!
We began harvesting wheat on June 12th this year and as I type this post to this point it has went pretty well. We didn’t plan on beginning so early but that’s how farming goes. You plan one thing and the opposite will happen. The warm and windy days prior to the 12th made it so the wheat was ready to harvest sooner than later!
The first day Milton was able to harvest around 40 some acres on the field we call North of Charles. That field we finished up on the 13th around 4:30 and headed to the field we call Disposal well. Don’t you love the “names” we give our fields? Some are named after landowners or where they are located from the farm. If you call it something else you could end up in a totally different location than where the combine is! So pay attention!
Nutter Disposal well Dads
I spent the first day not helping but the second day I left my town job early to weigh trucks at our home storage. We fill our grain bins with the grain so we can pick when to sell it and haul to the elevator. We farm within 5 miles of the farm so that is quite convenient for us.
We do crop share with some of our landowners so that grain is hauled to the grain elevator when it is harvested. This takes longer obviously because there is a short drive but also the time to wait in line with the rest of those hauling grain!
I totally didn’t plan well for this wheat harvest like I did in 2017. I did buy meat and did a little menu options but didn’t prep ANY food. I regret that now, but May was not my month personally! The first night we had a wonderful one pot meal! Roasted chicken & veggies then the second night it was tacos and rice! Nothing fancy the longer harvest goes on! 🙂 Tonight will probably be take out or leftovers
By the end of our second day of wheat harvest 2018 we were able to cut around 140 acres I think. Come Wednesday the third day my husband decided that he wasn’t ready to miss his daughter’s softball games.
He climbed out of the combine, stopped harvesting, and headed five miles into town to watch her play. Some day I know that she will really appreciate this effort on his part. She is lucky to have a Dad that is active in her life! He might miss the one Friday night but he will be there in spirit and my pics/videos! We enjoyed the game and they won 20 to 5!
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