#WheatHarvest 16, Day 2


Combine Unloading with stormy sky
The combine unloads wheat into the grain cart as storms clouds roll through the area. The guys were eventually rained out of the field Wednesday.

It was a day of two extremes. Not wanting anyone to get cold, Mother Nature decided to crank the heat Wednesday morning. By noon the mercury was hitting 100 and by 3 p.m. it was well into the triple digits. But all that heat and humidity kicked up storms and by supper, rain, hail and winds forced everyone out of the fields.

Before the storms hit, the guys had cut another field and the yields were well above average. But good wheat means slow going so everything takes a little longer. It’s a good problem to have – someone just needs to keep reminding the guys of that. (I think that falls under my job description: nutritional support and emotional cheerleading).

Lance and Doug
My husband’s youngest brother is moving to the area and stopped by to say hello. It’s pretty neat to have so much family so close.

My husband’s youngest brother, Lance, stopped by while we were enjoying lunch. He is the new football coach and P.E. teacher at Inman High School (Inman, Kan.) and he and his wife, Johnna, and two daughters are moving to a piece of farm ground we own. Derek has two brothers. All three of the boys pursued different professions and moved to different town after college, but all now live within 10 miles of one another. It’s pretty neat to watch my sons grow up alongside their cousins.

Day 2 Menu

Lunch: Hamburger rolls; Pioneer Woman potato pockets; Grandma’s sugar cookies

Snack: Angel food cake and strawberries

Supper: Individual pizzas; Cookies

Cash price for wheat: $3.78

By the end of the day, we had cut another 60 acres of wheat and received 1.5″ of rain. Thankfully we did not see any damage from the hail and wind, and my guess is we will get to see a bit more of our farmer today (again, it’s my job to find the positives). And despite being frustrated because harvest is now suspended, even my farmer will admit the rain was needed for the growing corn and soybeans. Wheat harvest maybe on hold, but we’ll be back in the field soon enough.

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