Hoffman Harvesting: Waiting on the fields
By Jada Bulgin
Tuesday, July 29
After wrapping up harvest in Goodland, Kansas, Hoffman Harvesting moved to Philip, South Dakota, July 24. The move was long but uneventful. The stay in Philip, however, was short-lived because the wheat was green. While waiting on the wheat, we moved to Pierre and harvested some wheat west of town. On July 27, we returned to Philip to harvest the wheat we were waiting on.
Wheat is spotty in South Dakota. Some of the wheat is green and some is ready to cut. It all depends on when the wheat was seeded. Our next regularly scheduled stop—Gettysburg—is still green as is most of the spring wheat we plan to cut in South Dakota. For now, we plan to try to pick up work cutting wheat that is ready.
The Pierre, Philip and Fort Pierre elevators are already full and have long lines. They are struggling to get the wheat on trains to free up space because trains are delayed. We went home to get some more trailers and now have trains connected to our trucks to help us keep up with our combines. Usually, we don’t get them out until fall harvest. I noticed some other harvesters are doing the same.
The view of where we were cutting in Pierre was beautiful and very remote. While driving to our field, we drove along the Missouri River, which had us feeling we should be on boats and jet skis instead of trucking. While harvesting in Philip, we took our loads to Onida even though the haul was 100 miles away. It was the closest elevator that has room for wheat but is now getting full, too. Hopefully these problems will be addressed before the spring wheat turns or we will continue to have the same problems.
Of the wheat we have cut, yields have been ranging from 45 to 55 bushels per acre with a protein high of 12.5 percent. Test weights are ranging from 60 to 63 pounds per bushel.
Jada Bulgin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.