Wheat Harvest Anticipation
It’s getting closer and closer to the 2014 wheat harvest for everyone in our area.
As we anticipate the beginning of our 2014 wheat harvest here at Baldwin Farms, here’s a little video I created to help get you ready for our harvest as well.
Think of it as a pre-game warm up 🙂 .
The Kansas wind has been blowing these last few days, which is helping dry out everything from the wheat to the soil.
There are reports that the combines are beginning to fire up south of us, and local elevators are reporting that farmers are beginning to bring in wheat samples to test moisture percentages.
Last year I wrote about why we have to patiently wait until the conditions are just right to begin harvesting our wheat and why it’s important to run test cuts and take wheat samples in to get tested. You can read more about it by clicking here.
While we’re waiting, the guys have been doing maintenance work on the machines to prepare for harvest. We’ve also been busy in the kitchen baking cookies and other sweet treats to deliver to our crew once they begin cutting.
Wheat harvest is one of my most favorite times of the year.
Luckily, since school is out by the time harvest begins, I get to experience wheat harvest in all its glory!
To me, it’s an extended holiday.
Family and friends come home to help. Some take vacation days.
Multiple generations spend time together working toward a common goal of getting the crop in.
There’s stress like summer storms that threaten the process.
There’s great anticipation as we complete a cycle that we began the previous fall.
And there’s a real sense of community.
Everyone is focussed on the same thing and everyone has a job and responsibility to help make this process run as smoothly as possible.
Be sure to subscribe to Alive & Well in Kansas to get the latest on what’s going on here at the farm this summer–including the latest from harvest.
We’ve also created a Facebook page that you can “like” to follow the latest updates from the farm.
Feel free to join us as we prepare for harvest!