Monday, June 22, 2015

Off Like a Herd of Turtles: Wheat Harvest 2015

Caution: Harvest complications ahead!

Harvest 2015 finally started on the County Line Saturday afternoon after another visit from the mechanic. I made a trip for parts on Saturday afternoon, and Randy made another one Sunday morning.

And I think we are finally off like a herd of turtles. Maybe I should say we're off like a mischief of mice. (That's what one online source calls a "herd" of mice. The mice or packrats definitely caused mischief in the combine wiring.)

But, actually, the guys got a good amount cut yesterday afternoon. Jake had the combine apart by the time Randy got back. Once I delivered the noon meal (which was closer to 1), it only took them 10 minutes to get everything back together.
My eternal optimist says that we're 1/10th done with harvest. I guess that's one way to look at it.
"Rain makes grain," as the guys at the coffee shop say. And while this crop is not going to be a bumper crop for us, the May rains definitely helped fill the wheat heads. After a dry fall, winter and early spring, the May rains were a God-send toward making respectable yields.
As we were waiting for the fields to dry out from last week's rains, it seemed like harvest was late. But, in reality, it's about average for the past few years:

2010:  June 18
2011:  June 10
2012:  May 26 (an anomaly and the earlier harvest, by far, we've ever had)
2013:  June 21
2014:  June 17
2015:  June 20
Here's hoping for a breakdown-free day today!


  1. Your post title made me chuckle. We can so relate! Never can you start something, whether it's harvesting, haying or seeding etc, without mechanical problems!! Even when the machinery has been thoroughly checked in front of the shop.....always something once you get to the field.

    1. It's just part of the process, I guess! But it can sure be frustrating when everyone is ready to rock and roll!

  2. Well now I like the line "My eternal optimist" just what every farmer needs and counts on :) HUGS B

    1. Yes, I am blessed. That kind of attitude makes everything a little better!