Camera Clicks and Commentary from a Kansas Farm Wife
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.