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Hoffman Harvesting moves to new location to wait for harvest


Kaidence with Kaitlyn Hoerner of Craig Hoerner Harvesting, who is holding Bentley of Neumiller Harvesting.

We are lucky to be a part of the Colby, Kan., fireworks show, which is always spectacular.

Sunday, June 30

Hoffman Harvesting is playing in the dirt—er…mud—in Iuka, Kan. We came from a wet field and thought we were on drier land; however, when parking the truck we knew there were some surprises in this field. The field came out of CRP this year and has a lower yield from what we have been cutting, but it’s doing well considering. It is averaging around 25 bushels per acre.

Monday, July 1

Today everything is getting more technical with machinery. New to us this year is JD Link, which gives owners remote access to their machines location. If a combine moves, Leon and I know about it. We receive emails and text messages.

JD Link also alerts us of any breakdowns, which makes us uncertain if we really like this new feature. Although, it is nice to have eyes on our machines even if we aren’t in the field. We are now like Santa…we know who’s been sleeping and who’s awake! That is, of course, in reference to the machines.

Monday, July 8

Hoffman Harvesting finished up in Pratt, Kan., on July 3, but was unable to move until July 4. So very early on this festive day, we got up and made the move to Colby, Kan. We celebrated the Fourth of July in our campground where we grilled and watched the fireworks show. The show is at the fairgrounds where our campground is, which is really nice—no waiting on traffic because we are already home!

Many harvesters are here in Colby, but several are here because this is where they usually come. Not because there is an abundance of crops here. The crop is just about ready. Harvesters are starting to get in the field to test and cut a bit but not necessarily in the swing of things yet. We’re basically waiting on the wheat. Word is several harvesters are moving to Nebraska, Colorado and South Dakota despite their jobs not being ready. It seems there will be some waiting time for everyone.

Jada Bulgin can be reached at jada@allaboardharvest.com.

Date: 7/15/2013



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