Hooray for the Red, White & Blue

Hooray for the Red, White & Blue

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Up A Creek: Wheat Harvest 2016

Progress on Wheat Harvest 2016 is up a creek ... so to speak. You know the old saying, "God willing and the creek don't rise." Well, our 4th of July had a rising Peace Creek, so there was no wheat cutting then or for the foreseeable future.
As the clouds moved in again Friday night, we finished up a field near our house. If you look closely (photos below), you can see weeds poking through the wheat. With more than 6 inches of rain since harvest began June 20, we are going to be battling weeds, muddy fields and downed wheat as we try to salvage the rest of the crop.
 
Yesterday, on the 4th of July, we surveyed the 275 acres of wheat we still have to cut north of Stafford. You don't have to look too hard to find the weeds in those fields.
We also don't have to look far to find hail damage. This particular location has gotten hail twice during harvest, so there's quite a bit of wheat on the ground. Some of the corn leaves have also been shredded there.
While the weather hasn't been conducive for wheat farmers, we did find a creature who is really liking the soggy weather.
The guys had to pull a wheat truck out of the field this morning. It's been sitting there since Friday night, since the co-op wasn't open over the holiday weekend. (There was no need. No one could cut wheat.)
Hopefully, the sun hasn't set on Wheat Harvest 2016 quite yet. We'll have to see what this week brings. Until then, it's hurry up and wait.

6 comments:

  1. Oh dear! My thoughts are with you. 'It never rains, but it pours' is such a true old saying. America certainly seems to be having extremes of weather recently.

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    1. There are parts of Kansas that could really use the rain. I wish I could allocate it to them.

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  2. I'm sorry Kim! You really need a break!

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    1. Thanks, Alica. Life is an adventure at times.

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  3. Last night's rain didn't help. I'm so sorry that you are having such a difficult harvest. This surely ranks as the latest date for cutting you've experienced. I hope you finish harvest soon!

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    1. Yes, we got another 0.50" of rain overnight. As Randy & I were listening to it fall during the night, we estimated a whole lot more, so it could have been worse. God speed to you as you leave us and go on your next adventure! Take care!

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