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Wheat harvest

22 Aug

We are finally done harvesting our 7th crop for 2016, spring wheat!!  final-5final-1The process of harvesting is slow for us, mainly because we are working with equipment that runs…but is old and a bit slower than newer machines and equipment.  But it gets the job done, and when the weather cooperates, it works well for our farm.

The first step is combining the wheat, or separating the grain kernels from the straw.  final-2You can see the grain filling up in the grain bin behind my head while I drive.  This is where the grain is kept until I have to dump into the truck.  Once it gets into the tank we then dump into trucks on the go.  The less we stop, the more we get done, and efficiency is key.final-3Once the truck is full it takes the wheat to our grain bins.  Using an auger, we move the wheat from a pit on the ground up to the top of the grain bin and it falls down in slowly filling up with grain.

final-7final-8finalThe tube that you see along the ground is an airation tube.  When the grain comes in it can be very warm because of the heat of the day.  The tube runs to the outside of the bin and has a fan attached.  The fan brings cool air into the bin at night, then as it blows through the wheat it cools it down so it can be safely stored.

final-4Hoot & my mom Karen (better known as Mimi) checking things out while the wheat dumps from the truck into the auger.

This wheat will be stored here until later into the winter when we will truck it up to a seed plant to be cleaned and eventually taken out to farms next spring to be planted again.  It feels good to be cleaning the combine one last time of the season.

We are hitting the point here when we get to put things to bed for the year.  Homestretch is always a nice term, followed by a long sigh of “there’s light at the end of the tunnel!”

Irrigation in the Wheat Field

1 Jun

We don’t have a ton of employees on our farm.  So when it comes to irrigation season, the “irrigation crew” lies in the hands of…everyone.  So today Matt, Yukon and I headed out to move wheel lines in our wheat field.

We got some rain last night as you can see from the moisture clinging to the awns (hairy looking things on the wheat heads).

Because of the moisture and the extra weight of the rain, we aren’t irrigating again until it dries out.  Otherwise we may have more areas that lodge.  These are areas in the field where the wheat falls down due to the weather or too much nitrogen.

These areas will be much harder to harvest and have a much lower yield.  So keeping the wheat upright this time of year is a very important job!

As you can see, the rest of the field is looking very good!  Lots of heads of wheat, and very uniform.  The great farm dog Yukon is obviously an old veteran of running through fields, following in the path of the wheel line to make the least amount of damage.  What a good boy!

And as a side note…for all you pregnant farmers, don’t ever go out moving irrigation without a snack!

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