We were able to start the combines on Friday afternoon. Farmer Fred was surprised that the grain was dry enough to go.
Casey and Ron are new to GriggsDakota this season. It was fun to see them watching the action in the field on their first day of combining.
We chewed through the first field of barley and looked forward to more.
Family gathered to get in on the start of harvest.
I made bag dinners for everyone in GriggsDakota. We try to fill the bag with things that can be eaten out of hand. That way, operators can eat on the go.
I cooked smoked pork chops on the grill for sandwiches.
They were put together with peach relish and pepper jack cheese. The sandwiches are then wrapped in foil, heated in a 400 degree oven for a few minutes and placed in a sandwich box to stay warm, before being placed in the bag.
The lunch included fruit, chips, gingersnap cookies and peanuts for an afternoon snack.
When the crew moved to the next field, it was too wet to continue the combine. It was a frustrating start to harvest. We need rain and would welcome showers, but so far, have had only clouds.
So, the crew went home, the barley is waiting, the combines and trucks are in the sheds and we are waiting for rain or shine in GriggsDakota.