Hoffman Harvesters: Goodland harvest good despite hail
By Jada Bulgin
Tuesday, July 8
Hoffman Harvesting continues to cut in the Goodland, Kansas area. We have harvested wheat around Edson and Brewster. While the wheat has received hail, it is doing well despite it. Yields are averaging 30 to 70 bushels per acre while test weights range from 60 to 62 pounds per bushel.
Depending on the severity of the hail, we have to cut lower to catch the heads leaning down from being beaten from the hail. Another element that has affected the yield in some of the fields we have cut is washouts, which have occurred from a massive amount of rain that fell almost at once—5 inches. It has also made it harder to navigate some country roads, which are a bit bumpy.
While rain continues to be in the forecast and clouds hang above our field, we haven’t received enough rain to make us shut down completely. Last evening we received rain but it was after we shut our machines down due to tough wheat. Cooler evening temperatures and humidity is making us have to shut down shortly after sunset.
Thursday, July 10
Hail damage and moisture have been matters of the heart for Hoffman Harvesting as we continue to harvest in the Goodland area. While meager sprinkles haven’t shut us down for long, they have caused us to be more wary of our moisture monitors.
Hoffman Harvesting has missed out on several potential thunderstorms, but clouds continue to linger above us causing shorter harvest days. This is due to cooler temperatures and less sun to dry the wheat out. Hail has also affected the yields and is evident in most fields we have cut in the area. While some have fared better than others, one can’t help to think what the yields could have been in each and every one of them.
Jada Bulgin can be reached at email@example.com.