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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Harvest 'Head'way

What will I be doing 6 weeks from now? If you believe old wives' tales - or, in this case, old farmers' tales - we'll be starting to harvest the 2012 wheat crop. Harvest is supposed to arrive 6 weeks from the time the wheat heads.

That would put the start of harvest sometime in the last week of May. May? For wheat harvest? We'll see.

Last year, our wheat headed around May 2 and we finished harvest on June 22. (I thought that was early!) In 2010, the wheat headed May 5 or thereabouts, and we finished harvest on June 25.

We'd like to order a nice rainfall right about now, just in time for the wheat heads to fill. We'll take that rain without hail or tornadoes or drama please - just a nice, gentle, soaking rain.

We had a crop consultant look at the wheat fields on Easter Sunday, April 8.

See? She even wore her denim overall jumper for her job as Grandpa's chief wheat scout.

Kinley is not revealing when she thinks harvest might start.

6 comments:

  1. Firstly congratulations by the wheat
    and i would like to know what is the average of wheat per hectare
    Thanks

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    1. Our average wheat yield is 40 bushels per acre or 2.7 metric tons per hectare. This year, the crop looks very good (at least right now), so we hope for a higher-than-average yield. Thanks for taking time to comment and for stopping by my blog!

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  2. Hope you get some rain soon. What a cutie pie Kinely is!

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    1. Thanks! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Once again I'm going to be late for harvest, Kim! I'm flying in to Wichita on June 6th and looking forward to seeing you at church! Meanwhile, I'm joining with you to pray for cooler temperatures and gentle rains as the heads fill with kernels.

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    1. One of my friends at the Kansas Wheat office predicts harvest will start June 5. He thinks we are getting ahead of ourselves. So, maybe you will be right on time. I'll see you then!

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