Emma: One Semi Working!

EmmaThe drought has taken a toll on Misener Family Harvesters. We have not cut anything this year. We are hoping to get into the field later this summer, but even that is not a guarantee. Fall harvest is our best chance for cutting something this year. Many harvesters are in the same predicament as we are. Fortunately we have enough work at home to keep us busy.

A farmer who is in need of a truck to finish his own wheat harvest near the Oklahoma/Texas border contacted us. Since we have no use for our semi at this time, we lent out one of ours. We delivered the truck right to the wheat field where he was cutting.

Emma: 1 semi working

Emma: 1 semi working

Emma: 1 semi working

Emma: 1 semi working
Dan and the farmer talking…and talking…and talking…

Emma: 1 semi working
And me… waiting… bored and waiting…

Emma: 1 semi working

He said it was averaging around 10 to 15 bushels per acre. In this area anything is better than nothing. It is nice to see our semi put to good use.

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.  

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Harvest Prize Pack Giveaway!

You could win a harvest prize pack! Thanks to our great sponsors we have three fantastic packages to give away.

photo (5)1. Primary Prize Pack

Includes: All Aboard Wheat Harvest t-shirt, New Holland throw, Kuhn-Krause gift certificate, USCHI cookbook, USCHI cap, USCHI drawstring bag, Great Plains cooler, and High Plains Journal water jug.

photo (6)2. Golf Prize Pack

Includes: Great Plains cap, (2) Great Plains bottle koozies, Great Plains Titleist golf balls, and Great Plains golf polo (size XL).

photo3. Harvest Art: Framed New Holland Print

 

ENTER HERE. Winners will be announced August 11, 2014.

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Z Crew: Limon, Colo.

headshot2Limon, CO: You know what I love about Eastern Colorado? The weather. It can reach almost 100 degrees by noon and then by 8pm you need to wear a sweatshirt. That’s one thing we’ve all learned this week…never leave the house without a hoodie!

Jamie (the oldest Z girl) and my nephew, Eli, flew in to Denver on Saturday morning. It’s been a blast having them around! Eli loves anything with wheels and cannot get enough of the trucks and “go-go’s” in the field. Jamie’s husband Curt will be joining us this later this week.

We sat all of last week but this week will definitely make up for our lost time. Mom and Dad have been able to get into the field by noon and have cut until at least 9pm the last few nights. The wheat they’re working on right now isn’t doing as well as the first few fields. It’s averaging around 50-60 bushels per acre but no one’s going to complain about that!

The farmer we’re working for, along with all sons, wives, kids, nephews, and friends come out during harvest time around here. I work along side the wives to prepare the meals every night. From enchiladas to fried chicken, everyone working in the field is guaranteed to finish off the night with a full belly!

90+ degree weather is expected through the week and we’re looking to get a lot of acres cut during that time span. Here’s to hoping this dry weather spell keeps up!

Z Crew: trucks lined up
Before dinner on Saturday night the trucks sat lined up on the dirt road waiting for grain.

Z Crew: supper with the crew
The number of vehicles in the field makes it look like a parking lot!

Z Crew: serving up supper
Linda, the farmer’s wife, serves up enchiladas on Saturday night.

Z Crew: Eli watching the "go-go"
Eli absolutely loved watching the combines move to the new field.

Z Crew: the green ones
Saturday night I rode in the combine with Mom. I’m not sure how I feel about those green combines yet…

Z Crew: late night pow-wow
As it reached nearly 11:30pm and all the trucks were full of wheat, the crew congregated in the field and discussed their day’s work.

Z Crew: Grandma and Eli
Sunday afternoon, Jamie, Eli and I went out to the field to ride in the “go-go’s.” Grandma was more than excited to share her cab for the day with Eli.

Z Crew: Grandma, Jamie and Eli
Mom, Jamie and Eli ride in the go-go.

Z Crew: the yellow beast
The yellow beast makes rounds in the field.

Z Crew: studying the grain
I spent my afternoon in the tractor and grain cart with the farmer’s nephew, Chanse. Here you can see Scott, one of the farmer’s sons, taking a close up look at the wheat as it’s dumped in the truck.

Z Crew: afternoon pow-wow
Have you noticed that these pow-wows are a common thing? After they finished the first field of the day, everyone gathered to discuss the next move.

Z Crew: Bubba checkin' trucks
Taking after his dad, Wesley climbs up onto the truck to watch the tractor and grain cart dump.

Z Crew: disperse after dinner
After a filling dinner, the crew heads back to their combines, trucks and tractor for another late night of cutting wheat.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. The Z Crew can be reached at zcrew@allaboardharvest.com.

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Steph: First Days in Hemingford

StephNEW_thumbnailUsually when we pull into a stop, we are thrown into a whirlwind of unloading, roading to the field and getting right back into the field. This time, however, we were given a one day grace period, letting us get accustomed to our new surroundings. We were in St. Francis for so long that it’s strange waking up to a new front yard.

On Sunday, we checked some fields and decided they would be ready Monday in the early afternoon. The opening pass didn’t seem bad, but we took a sample into the co-op just to be sure. The outcome? 9.5 percent moisture. Nothing to worry about there! The test weights we were seeing were between 63 and 65 pounds, some of the best we have ever seen in this area, with 60 bushel wheat to boot. I was driving Petey to the elevator today rather than Purple and it’s funny how people associate me with Purple. I always get asked where she’s at! I guess I’m not the only one who loves her.

On Sunday afternoon we decided we would take a drive to Cheyenne to check out Frontier Days. I finally gave in and ate a deep fried Oreo, which was quite the experience. After walking around the booths and riding the ferris wheel, we decided we would check out a local restaurant rather than succumb to the scents of the rest of the fair food. As we were scanning Google for some possibilities, a gal walked up to us and said “Hey, do you guys want to go to the concert tonight?” Not knowing what to say, we just stared at her. She then laughed and said we could have the tickets for free for Gary Allan that evening! Talk about being in the right place at the right time.

Quote of the Day: “You’re just a bunch of yee-haws.”

Dad, getting after it.

Dad getting after it.

I think I have a radar for windmills.

I think I have a radar just for windmills.

Got close enough to be pretty!

Close enough to be pretty, far enough to let us keep combining.

Some B&W.

Some B&W.

Getting ready to send me back to town.

Getting ready to send me off again.

The new elevator in town.

Hauling to the new elevator in town.

Clouds got close, but not close enough! Thankfully.

Missed.

He missed. Busted.

Sneaking up on me.

Sneaking up on me.

My favorite crop to photograph.

My favorite crop to photograph.

Well done, Nebraska.

Way to go, Nebraska. Proud of you.

Almost looks like the sky is on fire.

Almost looks like the sky is on fire…so pretty.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Steph can be contacted at stephanie@allaboardharvest.com.

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Harvest resumes after rain slows progress

Kansas- Winter wheat harvested was 95 percent, behind 100 both last year and the five-year average.

Colorado- Ninety-four percent of the winter wheat crop was mature, with harvest estimated at 68 percent complete, up from 46 percent the previous week. Thirty-five percent of the spring wheat crop was turning color, up from 17 percent previously. This is compared with 40 percent last year and 37 percent on average.

Nebraska- Winter wheat conditions rated 6 percent very poor, 14 poor, 28 fair, 44 good, and 8 excellent. Winter wheat mature was 84 percent, ahead of 80 last year but behind a five year average of 87. Winter wheat harvested was 54 percent, ahead of 49 last year but behind 61 average.

South Dakota- Winter wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 4 poor, 22 fair, 65 good, and 9 excellent. Coloring was 96 percent, ahead of 91 last year but near the five-year average of 97. Winter wheat mature was 55 percent, well ahead of 30 last year but behind 62 average. Harvested was 4 percent, near 3 last year but well behind 32 average.

Spring wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 19 fair, 66 good, and 14 excellent. Spring wheat headed was 95 percent, behind 100 last year and 98 average. Coloring was 41 percent, well behind 62 last year and 68 average. Mature was 5 percent, near last year at 3, but well behind 24 average.

North Dakota- Winter wheat turning color advanced to 53 percent. Conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 32 fair, 50 good, and 6 excellent.

Spring wheat jointed was 95 percent, near last year at 94 and 98 average. Headed rated 79 percent, equal to last year, but behind 83 average. Turning color was 9 percent, near 10 last year, but behind 22 average. Conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 65 good, and 17 excellent.

Durum wheat jointed was 77 percent, behind 94 last year and 93 for the five-year average. Headed rated 35 percent, well behind 74 last year and 68 average. Turning color was 5 percent, near 3 last year, but behind 10 average. Conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 17 fair, 77 good, and 5 excellent.

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