Hoffman Harvesting moves into Kansas, rescues a fawn
By Jada Bulgin
Monday, June 4
It seems they are able to harvest because it's a ghost town here today. I look out of my camper window with the anticipation of seeing tumbleweeds rolling by our dirt road that runs through the center of our campground while the theme song of "The Good the Bad and the Ugly" plays in my head; but there isn't any wind and this isn't a western movie.
It makes harvesters antsy to see everyone gone cutting and not being able to cut. The hardest part about a day like today is testing wheat that is so close to being able to be cut but so far away. I like days where things are as black and white as old western movies: you can either cut or you know you are unable to.
Tuesday, June 5
Hoffman Harvesting was able to once again get in the fields for a more proper day of harvesting. We are cutting north and south of Pratt and you would not believe how different our circumstances are. North of Pratt is drier but there wasn't any wind, making it hard for the operators to see.
South of town was windy, muddy and muddled with problems of where to drive so the grain cart doesn't get stuck. Let's just say some of the boys got to play in the mud today. While it sounds like great fun to kids like Kaidence who aren't afraid to get dirty, it amps up the stress level for our operators.
A baby deer made a shrill noise during the entire rescue making the guys fear the mom was going to go in attack mode to rescue her baby; however, the mom remained hidden from their sights. Leon took the baby deer to a safe place--the trees bordering our field--in hopes it would be reunited with his mommy. No Deeres, deer or Hoffman Harvesting crew members were injured in this rescue mission.
Friday, June 8
Hoffman Harvesting continues to cut in Pratt, Kan. The wheat yields are ranging from 35 to 60 bushels per acre because the area received scattered rain showers. These rains made all the difference in farmer's yields this year. Some hail and strong wind between Sawyer and Iuka had an even greater effect on some wheat yields--the wheat essentially shattered.
Monday, June 11
Today Hoffman Harvesting made the move from Pratt, Kan., to Colby, Kan.
Upon arriving to Colby, we thought we'd be able to get our headers in the wheat and go but it just wasn't quite ready. Moisture was at 14.4 percent--we need it to be at 13.5 percent. If we were able to cut, we wouldn't have been able to get much of a day in as the elevator we are going to haul to was closed. I guess they are enjoying their lull before harvest gets in full swing in the Colby area.
Jada Bulgin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.