It’s that time of year again!
Here are my favorite pictures from this year:
Here is every year since we started this tradition. In the first one Elliana was 3 and Wyatt was 2. Now they are 9 and 8!
Brad’s wheat harvest was finished over two weeks ago. I had technical difficulties, so pretend this post is two weeks ago. This was the first year that Brad was able to harvest his own wheat with all his own equipment, since he now owns a wheat header for his combine. I never made it to the field while he was harvesting; it was a short harvest. That means no pictures, but it looks about the same as wheat harvest in years past, except Brad didn’t have enough wheat to warrant driving a tractor and grain cart to the field. He just unloaded the combine into the semi.
I did make a trip to the field after harvest was over so we could get the annual wheat harvest picture. The first year we did this was 2011! Look how they’ve grown!
In last year’s post, I was nice enough to put all the past wheat harvest pictures. You won’t be disappointed if you go check them out.
Here are the 2016 wheat harvest pictures. We opted for taking them in the fallow ground because the wheat stubble (see 3rd picture below) would’ve come all the way up to Liza’s shoulders.
Let me tell you about a challenge you may face if you’re a farmer. You’re done harvesting your field and you have to decide if the grain you have left will all fit on your semi trailer or not. When you’re experiencing this challenge, your semi will look about this full. Then when you get it this full, you hope you don’t get stopped by the Nebraska Department of Roads. As we have recently learned, that can be a $,$$$ experience! Some close up pictures of a stripper header for you:
If you’re wondering about the difference between a stripper header and the other kind of header, the stripper header sucks off the wheat berries and leaves longer wheat stubble, which means you retain more moisture due to more shade and catching more snow. You also may have more hassle when it comes to corn planting, especially if you have a wet spring like this one; but I think the benefits outweigh the cost in that regard.
The farmer across the road from Brad’s wheat decided to spray his wheat to kill it instead of harvesting it. See the golden rows of wheat still standing? They must have been having technical difficulties with their sprayer.
and will be done tomorrow. Wheat harvest typically goes quickly, and especially quick when you only have 90 acres of wheat to harvest. Unlike a lot of the wheat around here, ours was actually worth harvesting. Hail and winter have made some farmers either swath their wheat or spray it to kill the little that was left. We’re thankful for what we have.
The annual wheat harvest picture will be coming next week!
Pictures of harvest this year will be limited. I’m taking this heat advisory to heart. I did have to venture out to help move fields. (That always needs an extra driver unless they want to have to drive the tractor all the way home.)
Here are a few pictures I grabbed when we went on our little errand. Unfortunately, they show the small part of the field with weeds; but in all reality it’s hard to find a wheat field out here without weeds in it. I just blame it on the drought, but I don’t really know. You’ll have to trust me that most of this field is just golden wheat.
Wheat harvest this year wasn’t much different than last year, except that it happened a lot earlier. The last time wheat harvest happened here in June was in 1988. With weather as hot, dry and windy as we’ve had it didn’t take long for the wheat to turn and dry out.