Thursday, August 11, 2011

Unofficially, There is Wheat

Although there is dust behind the combine in the wheat field, it is not smoking dry. Farmer Fred decided that it is dry enough to go into an air bin. We are straight combining the Winter Wheat.
The auger is not set up yet, but the air bin has been selected and we believe its fan will be able to finish drying the wheat adequately.
So, it cannot be the official word, because there is no wheat in the bin. But I'm pretty sure that by the time you read this, there will be wheat in GriggsDakota. 
The trucks, including our darling, Sterling Onyx, must stay on the road as the field is wet and too muddy for trucks. 
I made bag suppers for the first time in 2011. Menu:  Smoked turkey sandwiches, blueberry muffin, baby carrots, and a sandwich bag filled with Gardettos and roasted almonds. 
I delivered it to the crew with a selection of bottled soft drinks and water.  
 Robbie drove his tractor and grain cart over to pick up the supper as they don't want the cook to get stuck. No driving in the field this year without a big machine and a purpose.
The evening was setting in, after a beautiful sunny day and I felt relief as I watched the scene. I don't know how it is yielding and I haven't checked the quality, but we have started.
The combines were slowly chewing through harvest 2011. 
There is wheat. 
And frogs in the stubble.
And mud on the tires.
And miles to go before we sleep.

3 comments:

  1. YAY!
    p.s. I like the bag you carried the lunch bags in. :)

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  2. Great post! We farm along the Manitoba/North Dakota border and are also quite wet. We plan to harvest our winter wheat any day now and hope to do most with the straight header to eliminate passes on the field. We also bought our first grain cart and will be using that this year as the fields are too wet for our trucks.

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  3. You guys are an entire month- or MORE before us!
    Yay for harvest time:)
    Even better is when it's all done;))

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