Hoffman keeping headers in the wheat, hands on the hydrostat
Thursday, May 19
Hoffman Harvesting is in Olney, Texas, harvesting.
While driving through the country the wheat doesn't look wonderful, but what especially affected me was when we drove through the Snyder, Okla., area and saw cows grazing a wheat field that was not worth cutting. With that and all the gossip about how awful the crop in Texas was, my expectations on the harvest were lowered considerably. However, to my surprise, things are better than anticipated. Farmers are receiving yields anywhere from 5 to 20 bushels per acre. While the yields aren't what most farmers would wish for, I would have to say that some crop is better than no crop. Chances of rain are in our future, but in the meantime we will keep our headers in the wheat and our hands on the hydrostat.
Being a Northerner, coming from cool spring weather that has barely breached the 50s, to 90-degree weather can take a while to get used to. However, when we arrived things were kind of chilly (for Texas). In fact, one night we even turned our heater on. This is the first time I remember ever having to do this.
The wheat harvest continues to go quickly and smoothly. Today, Kaidence and I ventured away from our usual schedule and visited our friend Garland at his belt and leather shop.
Saturday, May 21
Yesterday morning around 6 a.m. it started to rain. Since we needed some groceries, we headed in to Wichita Falls, Texas, and got stocked up. We also celebrated Johan's birthday. We had a great time. Tonight we hope to be able to cook out at the Campbells'--that is, if things don't dry off by this evening.
Sunday, May 22
Last night we were able to get back in the field. There are more forecasts for rain so it is good we were able to cut. You know how they say everything is bigger in Texas? Well, that is often the case when it rains here. I have never seen raindrops as large as I have here when it has rained. The wheat is yielding well. We have even seen some yields in the upper 20s to low 30s. Our farmer uses a no-till technique on his fields. He has also been experimenting with spraying techniques that have proved to be successful.
Jada Bulgin can be reached at email@example.com.