It is officially wheat harvest for us!
My feelings about harvest this year have been a little different than years past.
I wasn’t as anxious about WHEN harvest was going to start this year.
I’m generally chomping at the bit to get harvest started so we can get finished.
I usually play a guessing game in my head to try and predict the date and time when our harvest will start.
I even included others in the guessing game last year.
But this year, I’ve had a lesson in patience.
We’ve all had a lesson in patience.
We got a boatload of rain this spring.
It just kept raining and raining and raining and raining and raining.
You get the point.
And with all of the rain, my husband wasn’t able to farm.
Don’t get me wrong, the man was still working like crazy to get the machines ready for spring and summer work, unloading seed orders, delivering seed orders, checking fields, and doing bookwork.
He just wasn’t able to get in the fields to plant, or spray, or furrow, or do anything else requiring a tractor in a field for a very, very long time.
A. VERY. LONG. TIME.
The rain was nice though.
We needed it!
We desperately needed it–not as desperately as our friends to the west of us, but we still needed it.
And once we got the rain that we needed, we were ready for the spigot to be shut off so work could continue.
But it didn’t.
So we rolled with it.
What else could we do?
From my standpoint, there were two options:
1. Get grumpy and stew about all of the rain, making life miserable and putting us behind until the rain stopped, or
2. Enjoy each other’s company.
My family chose the latter.
Don’t get me wrong, we still had our grumpy moments–but they were short-lived.
We had breakfast together as a family on Saturday mornings–an almost nonexistent practice during the spring.
We ALL went to my nephew’s birthday party–something that is tough to make happen.
We went fishing together–we’ve never done that before.
We bought some kayaks and tried them out in farm ponds and corn fields.
Eventually it did stop raining.
It’s been warming up as well.
The fields have dried enough to get machines in them without rutting them up or getting equipment stuck.
The crops that we have needed to get planted this spring are now being planted.
The field work that couldn’t be done for such a long time is now being done.
And we’ve fired up the combines to begin wheat harvest.
It’s all happening at once, but IT IS happening and it’ll all get done.
We have a great week of hot and dry weather in our forecast until a chance of storms this Friday.
It’s perfect wheat harvest weather and we plan to take advantage of it!
Wheat harvest is happening, planting is happening, irrigation is happening, spraying is happening.
It. Is. Happening.
Let’s break on three…One. Two. Three. TEAM!
Here We Go!