The end of May and beginning of June is a busy time here on our farm. We have started wheat and canola harvest! Before the combines get to rolling in the fields, there are many hours of shop work that must be done to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible when the wheat and canola are finally ready to go. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be breakdowns by any piece of chalk, though. Harvest and breakdowns are like peas and carrots, they just go together! Besides combines, there is the swather, the grain cart, tractors, headers, trucks and trailers that must be checked out to see if they are in good working order, too. Is it any wonder that our parts guys know us really well by the end of June?
Canola moisture was too high, so we switched to wheat
The few fields we have harvested so far this year are yielding below half of what we usually grow in the same fields. This is disheartening, but we are thankful to have anything at all to harvest. The drought has really hit us hard up here in Northwest Oklahoma. It is also a testament to the amazing plant that wheat is. Some of our farms had less than 3 inches of moisture during the entire growing season (October to early May). The fact that the plants even grew is amazing!
Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to grow a safe, nutritious grain and oil seed for you and your family. I will have more pictures and I’m sure a good story or two for next month!
You can follow along with many farmers across the country as they bring in harvest by searching/following the #harvest14 hashtag on Twitter.
Picking up canola windrows
Clint planted some Milo in May. The old timers have a saying “Plant in the dust and the bins will bust”- we are hoping that holds true, we most definitely dusted it in!
This past week we were looking at the readiness of the wheat in the fields and taking a few pictures. Wade and a couple of his friends have been pulling rye out of the wheat fields when they are not at spring football practice. Clayton and Wade have also been in the hay fields working ground. Clayton took his first solo flight since our last blog and felt totally exhilarated by the whole experience. He even took some video to capture the moment. We are so proud of him!
When he’s not on a tractor working ground, Brandon has been busy getting all of the equipment ready that we use at harvest. It is a monumental undertaking but one we look forward to each and every year. I have been stocking up on everyone’s favorite harvest
foods, drinks and snacks. It has been a tradition to make goody bags to keep in the combine, wheat trucks and grain cart during harvest. This year, Wade helped me pick out the goodies when we took his truck to get serviced in Weatherford. We actually were able to sit down and have breakfast together while we waited, which of course was a rarity as well as a delight. We did take some time off to attend the Walleye Rodeo parade to watch Wade and Gage ride their four wheelers. We also were blessed with another inch of rain over the weekend. After the drought last year, we will take all the rain we can get … even at harvest time.
One of our wheat fields prior to harvest.
Clayton and Wade working ground up on a field we hayed.
It’s a family effort to get the combine ready for harvest.