Hoffman Harvesting moves to new Kansas location
By Jada Bulgin
Monday, June 24
For the past two days, Hoffman Harvesting has been split up. Part of our crew has stayed in Kiowa, Kan., to finish up our last couple of fields while the rest has moved up the road to Pratt, Kan., to harvest there. After our evening meal, the Kiowa crew finished our last field and moved up the road. The only things left here in Kiowa are the campers.
Before we can pack up and leave, things need to be tended to. We need to pay bills for groceries, fuel, propane and the campground, check in with the Post Office to make sure we received all our general delivery mail and if not forward it to the next stop, say goodbye to friends and of course settle up with farmers. Tomorrow it will be time to say, “Hit the road, Jack!”
Friday, June 28
Upon our arrival in Pratt, Kan., Hoffman Harvesting has had a whirlwind harvest. We are still split up two ways. Some of the crew is cutting north of town in Iuka while some are south in Coates. The wheat is looking really good with yields ranging from the 40s to 70s while test weights have ranged 59 to 61.
Conditions are dry in Sawyer while Iuka, which has seemed to have perfectly timed rains from germination to harvest, has had some muddy fields. In fact, rumor says I got stuck while paying more attention to snapping photos than driving…but what goes on in our Iuka field stays in the Iuka field!
While the harvest has been going quickly here, things haven’t been running exactly smoothly. Breakdowns haven’t been a stranger to us on this stop. A return elevator, a belt on the return auger and two blown front tires on the same combine in one day at different times, have been making harvest a struggle for the guys in Coates. We have been wishing for better days ahead. Thankfully we have had help. John Deere Harvester Works and Cooper Tires came out to our field to help us out.
The weather continues to be hot. Yesterday, temperatures were up to 110 until around 6 p.m., when the weather dropped to 69 in about 15 minutes and the sky turned dark. We received a rain shower that put us out of commission for the evening, but we were able to get started today due to the dry conditions of the area. Rain is needed everywhere! The whirlwind harvest continues as this morning we are now split three ways. Two of our crewmembers headed up to Scott City to harvest some wheat there.
Jada Bulgin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.