Hoffman Harvesting finally able to get into the field
Thursday, July 28
Meet Roland Baird, a 21-year-old returning for his second harvest run with us. You can see him most days running combine #4. He also did most of the seeding for us at home this year. This actually happens to be one of Roly's jobs at home, too. He works for a large farmer in Scotland.
Roly first decided to come to America on harvest because he wanted to gain more experience in agriculture and wanted to learn more about farming in America.
Fun Fact: Roly went on his first harvest with us two years ago. That year he turned 19 in Texas. Notorious for sleep walking, we are glad Roly is tall enough to hit his head and wake up before taking a midnight stroll through the campground.
Wednesday, June 29
Hailing from Sweden, Andreas (Moses) Norling is a 21-year-old joining us on his first harvest. His main duties are taking turns between driving truck and running combine but he is also in charge of overseeing anything that needs to be immaculate--this would include management of wheel shining.
Andreas decided to work overseas because his dad did it 26 years ago. Coming from working on his parents' farm, Andreas especially enjoys seeing all the different farms, meeting new people and getting to go to so many different places.
Fun Fact: Andreas speaks English as a second language. It's hard to tell because his accent fits in so well here.
Friday, July 1
Hoffman Harvesting is now in Colby, Kan. We tested yesterday but the wheat was just not dry enough. Two days in the triple digits was all it took to bring the wheat down to the moisture percentage we needed to be at. We began the day with 12 to 14 percent moisture and by suppertime a load was at 8.5 percent thanks to the 111-degree day we survived today.
The wheat is surprisingly doing quite well with yields averaging in the 40s and test weights weighing in at 61. Everyone is just getting started but the harvest will go fast in this area. Acres are down because farmers didn't think their crop would amount to much due to the drought. As a result, some fields were left unseeded/unplanted.
Monday, July 4
Happy Independence Day! Hope this post finds you in the field or at least in a festive mood. Hoffman Harvesting is at the point where we had to take a break from harvesting because of green wheat and rains that hit the Colby and Goodland, Kan., areas.
We hope to get in the field tomorrow, but in the meantime will enjoy a festive 4th of July cookout and a fireworks show. They shoot fireworks off at the Colby Fairgrounds where we are camping. It is as close as you can get to the action.
Jada Bulgin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.