All In a Day’s Work

The wheat is yielding VERY well. Jim said he was seeing 70 – 100 bushels per acre pretty consistently all day. For brief seconds at a time, he was even seeing 180 on his monitor.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. Maybe I should ride with him just to see what it looks like. Ed hauled a few loads to the Moccasin (town) elevator and reported the test weight and protein wasn’t the best. Today was another hot and horribly dirty day in the field!

We got back to the cottage at 10:45 p.m. Taylor outdid herself with some of the best lasagna I’ve ever eaten. We all agreed it was restaurant quality. Thanks, Tate!

A military helicopter landed at a missile site this morning. Something you don’t see all that often in remote areas of Montana.

Flying over the field.

I climbed the grain bin for this shot.

And this one too. The combines are on the left side of the picture.

This is how still it was this evening. The dirt never blew away from the back of the truck.

17 comments on “All In a Day’s Work

  1. Terry Nanninga says:

    A yellow and green combine feeding a red tractor. What a combination.

  2. Ethan says:

    Reminds me of a neighbor thats nicknamed “rainbow harvesting”. Has a TR series New Holand combine with John Deere green auger extension, and John Deere header with a red grain cart and a blue Ford or New Holland tractor.

    • That’s awesome, Ethan! Whatever works, right?! How’s things in OK?

      • Ethan says:

        Oh, pretty good. Still really dry. The spriklers have been running 24/7 unless broke down, and let me tell ya, changing a tire, gearbox or such in 12 foot tall corn really sucks! We’ve been fertilizing for wheat and doing some other field work. Also starting to service equipment in preperation of fall harvest. Corn harvest (high moisture) will start in 3-4 weeks and school will be starting back up the 16th. This summer went way too fast! We’ve been having beautiful sunsets and sunrises here. Storm clouds have built up the last coulple nights but went around us.

        • Taylor and Callie will start school on the 16th too. I hate to see them leave. It’s ALWAYS a hard day for me when I watch that car pull away. 12′ corn? Wow! At least you have something to cut. It sounds like the corn in KS, NE and SD will be suffering some. I know the corn we’re supposed to cut will be a whole lot less than the 200 bushels they cut last year. Jim’s farmer is guessing 50 bushel. How they figure that, I don’t know. I wonder if the sunsets are so beautiful because of smoke in the air? That’s what I’ve always been told – smoke and dirt will make sunsets more spectacular. Thanks for leaving a comment! It’s nice to hear from those of you who actually read my story.

          • Casey Graham says:

            Ryan hired someone to help him out on the road cause Haedyn didn’t get out of school till the end of May. And we only had 2 of the combines on the road. So now that we are home we run all 3. Next year we are all going and I get to run my combine šŸ™‚

      • Ethan says:

        I bet it is hard. And yes. If it wasn’t for irrigation we’d be lucky to have 50 bushel. I’m not sure what ours is suppose to be, guess I’ll find out when we start cutting. I feel for those farmers. Maybe the price being as high as it is will help compinsate. Hmm, I don’t know, certainly could be. There was a fire a few miles south of us. A local feedlots hay stack caught fire last night and burned most of today. I think they let it burn out on its own. And your sure welcome! And thank you for answering all the questions I’ve asked about custom harvesting!

        • You are oh so welcome, Ethan! I hope I have only encouraged you to follow your dreams and do what your heart is telling you to do. When you’re doing something you love, your job won’t feel like a job! I believe you’re here for a reason…find it and go for it!

      • Ethan says:

        You certinly have been an encouragement. I know exactly what you mean. Some people don’t get it. I think that’s because they just don’t understand how we can enjoy and love doing such labor intensive work, and also because they haven’t found that one job that they really love doing yet.

        • Exactly! Getting up every day to a job that’s just a job would be horrible! I know sometimes you do what you have to do regardless of whether it’s what your heart desires just to get by. But I think I’d be reevaluating things and making some changes. Take care! Check in once in awhile.

  3. Casey Graham says:

    We definitely should have headed to Montana for awhile. They are just swathing our barley here. Maybe next year!!

    • It’s always so hard to know what to do. This industry is just as much of a gamble as farming!! I hate to see the summer harvest come to an end so I’m hoping for more work to show up šŸ™‚

      • Casey Graham says:

        Me too! Harvest is a lot of hard work, but lots of fun. And the girls love it! Which makes it so much easier. We will see how Chase likes it here in a few days šŸ™‚

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