We finished up June 29 after starting on June 12. Well, we tried to start on June 12 and would have, except for the raccoon going through the combine. That delayed the start to June 14. We then limped along with repeated visits from the Case repair guy because of an engine power problem, unrelated to the raccoon. We finally started making headway on June 17, a good Father's Day gift for my farmer.
This year's start date was consistent with recent history. (I have good records since 2010 because I've been blogging that long). Our start dates are:
2010: June 18
2011: June 10
2012: May 26 (an anomaly and the earliest harvest, by far, we've ever had)
2013: June 21
2014: June 17
2015: June 20
2016: June 15
2017: June 12
2018: June 12 (sort of)
2010: 37.2 bu/acre
2011: 36.7 bu/acre
2012: 45.5 bu/acre
2013: 52 bu/acre
2014: 24.5 bu/acre
2015: 50 bu/acre
2016: 48.5 bu/acre
2017: 50.84 bu/acre
2018: 39.2 bu/acre
|Used the "painting" setting on the camera for a different look|
After being in an exceptional drought category for much of the winter and spring, Randy was pleased with the yield totals. Some late spring rains came at just the right time for the filling of the wheat heads, and we are thankful!
Randy is always thankful for harvest pie, too. He doesn't get dessert all the time. Blueberry pie with crumb topping makes harvest a little more palatable and was my Father's Day gift to him. (Here's a two-crust version at this link.)
|Photo taken June 22, 2017 - Wheat Harvest 2017|
Wheat Harvest 2018 isn't just about cutting wheat in June. It actually started with Wheat Harvest 2017. (Notice how I capitalize Wheat Harvest. It's a "Big Deal" to our farm. By far, wheat is our biggest crop.) Each year, we plant some certified seed, which we use for seed wheat for the following year. Randy binned KanMark (a K-State release) and WB 4458 (a WestBred variety) to plant for seed wheat for our 2018 crop. During the 2017 harvest, we binned the seed wheat in on-farm storage.
A Kernel of the Process: Cleaning Seed Wheat.)
Planting Wheat, Harvesting the Sky.)
The lack of moisture was a concern during the winter and spring. In fact, November 2017 to January 2018 ranked as the driest (lowest precipitation) on record for Kansas, receiving less than 25 percent of normal precipitation for that time period. (Read more about it here: Precipitation Woes.)
Rain, Rain, Come Again Another Day.)
|The last of that combine bin trickles out as the last bit of light fades from the sky.|
THE END ... until a new beginning for Wheat 2019.