Of wheat harvest!
It was a much better harvest than the experts predicted and the harvest lasted 2 1/2 weeks for us.
We had a few breakdowns but nothing that a little grease here or a new part there wouldn’t fix! Yay!
It’s always a stressful time of the year for farmers but also full of anticipation and excitement. When you consider that harvests once spread out into weeks and weeks using huge teams of horses/mules to pull gigantic contraptions through the fields and requiring teams of men to make it all work, it’s a wonder that now the harvests last such a short time! And…we plant hundreds more acres than our ancestors with much larger yields.
Three men manage the harvest now days…one on the combine, one driving the tractor which pulls the grain wagon and one driving the semi truck and trailer. A mechanic is on call, Big Boss runs back and forth moving the guys around (with my help at times), and a tractor is driven right behind the combine…not literally but almost…working the ground up with a strip tiller.
The old timers love to tell about the Old Days…when you got in line at the elevators and waited for sometimes hours to unload your wheat and then hurry back to the field. During those waits, pranks were pulled, pop was guzzled, friendly conversations and tall tales flew and it was a general “festival” as the whole town was involved in the process.
It’s not quite the same now as the efficiency of the elevators and trucks have cut the waiting time in half. But the anticipation of how many bushels each field will bring precipitates lively arguments/bets/predictions among everyone who is involved.
So now that the wheat is all in safely and stored snugly, we can watch the wheat prices fall like a rock… 🙂