Wheat Harvest Pictures 2016

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!

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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.

Wheat Harvest Picture 2016

Wheat Harvest Picture 2016

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Wheat Leftovers

Farm Education:
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!truck load of wheat Some close up pictures of a stripper header for you:
stripper wheat header stripper header 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.
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Started Today…

  
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!

Wheat Harvest 2013

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 2013

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Turning around. This wheat has already been cut.

Tractor in Wheat Harvest

This is what the tractor does a lot of in wheat harvest. It’s a great job to have if you have a good book to read, especially in years when the wheat isn’t yielding well.

Waiting for the combine to move so we can go hang out in the tractor.

Waiting for the combine to move so we can go hang out in the tractor.

It is noteworthy that wheat harvest this year is several weeks later than wheat harvest last year.

Wheat Harvest 2012

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.

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Farming on the 5’s

Brad started his day by taking his hobby tractor back to its typical resting spot. It had been moved from that spot because he drove it through the village parade this weekend.

Johnny Popper in a Parade

My sign making abilities are reminiscent of 8th grade science fair; therefore, I edited the sign on the tractor.

After that, he loaded the wheat from the grain cart onto his truck and took it to the elevator. His brother wasn’t cutting wheat yet, which gave Brad time to get some electrical work done an hour away.

When he got back from that, they still weren’t ready for him in the field. He kept busy by hauling the fertilizer pump to the pivot and started pumping 1,000 gallons of nitrogen onto the field through the pivot.

Then it was back to wheat harvest. It takes longer to get a trailer load of wheat compared to corn, the elevator closes at 7 o’clock, and they don’t store wheat in the bins; all that means he only hauled two loads and came home a little after 7.

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This picture isn’t from today, but I thought you might like to see it anyway. I’ll post more wheat harvest pictures another day.

After a brownie with ice cream and an episode of Alias, he headed out at 10 to go check the pivot. Since it’s pumping fertilizer he figured he should make sure it’s going how it’s supposed to go.

That’s what my farmer did on this day ending in five. What did your farmer do?

Did he pray for rain like we did?

Nebraska weather forecast

Forecast for this week as of this morning