Remnants of Harvest Past

I am so tired today! I really think I could sleep just about anywhere-maybe even standing up (I know someone who did that in the shower). We put in a huge day yesterday. Jim told me last night on the way back to the cottage he cut 120 acres. Doesn’t sound like much if you have more than one combine. With Ed’s combine cutting the same acres, 240 sounds better. Considering it’s 70+ bushel wheat (weighing 60 lbs and 11% protein) and only two tandem trucks to haul it away, I think we did good! Poor Frank didn’t get much of a break all day. And neither did I.

Carl and I hauled to grain bins all day. That’s probably what saved the combines from having to sit and wait on trucks. Whenever I have taken grain to the elevator in town, I’ve had to wait on other trucks. However, the bins are nearly full which means grain will be hauled to town today. As a matter of fact, I’m sitting in line at the elevator right now.

Carl checking how full the bin is. When it’s full, the tractor is used to move the auger to the next empty bin. This takes someone who’s done it before-not me! It takes skill and experience backing the auger to the right spot. The tractor is also a vital component in the unloading process. It provides power to the auger via a PTO (Power Take Off) shaft. Terri and Cole headed for Billings earlier in the day. It was time to get Cole situated in his new surroundings-college. I certainly missed the 3rd truck but missed having them in the field even more. Good luck, Cole, with your new adventures! This countryside holds wonderful old treasures. Besides all the great old buildings and homesteads, there are equipment bonepiles scattered on the horizon. When I see these old treasures, it makes me think about how proud the owners would have been when they were shiny and new. Now their purpose is to remind us of how harvest used to be done.

Records are to be broken today with a forecast of 100 degrees. Thank goodness we’re hauling to the elevator AND for the southerly breeze. I’m already looking forward to the best part of the day…

P.S. Jenna will be here tomorrow morning 🙂

8 comments on “Remnants of Harvest Past

  1. Karen says:

    Wishing you just a bit cooler day today. Bet all will be glad to see Jenna. Have really enjoyed the pics and updates on your blog. Will harvest travels be done early this year as all of harvest was about a month early?

    • I’m afraid the summer is coming to an end way faster than I’m ready. Unless we find more to do we’re only a couple days from seeing wheat harvest 2012 complete. The letdown hits me hard!! Glad you’ve followed the journey and enjoyed it.

  2. Colin says:

    Looks like you guys are getting along well. Good to see!! We finished up on our barley yesterday. Might try our first spring wheat tomorrow. Thank you for all the photos!!

    • You are oh so welcome! It’s easy when you love what you’re doing. Good luck with the spring wheat. Will it be a good crop?

      • Colin says:

        I do agree it’s easy when you love it. And I hope it’s a good crop. Heard of some in the area averaging about 55/bpa so nothing I would complain about. Our barley was about average for this year, and I was too busy hauling it to the elevator today so we didn’t get to the spring wheat. Maybe in the next few days. Talking rain this weekend though, which would could use for the soybeans and sunflowers.

        • No kidding! 55 is a good yield. I’m really not sure what this farm is yielding. We can only go by what number sort of remains consistent on the monitor. There’s no reason to know, I guess. This north country doesn’t want to pay the typical three numbers – only one. It’s really not fair to either the harvester or the farmer. It’s just the way it’s always been done. Pretty sure home could really use some rain, as well. The corn is real bad and the beans are needing a drink.

  3. You always make lovely pictures ……Tracy.? And to go with a good story..Keep it up greets from Friesland.

    • Thank you, Lion!! It’s easy to do when you love what you’re doing. And what a great way to share our lifestyle and agriculture with the rest of the world!! WOW-I’m honored to know someone from a different country reads my stories! Thank you for leaving such an encouraging note!

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