|Well, we havenít harvested our field yet, as you can see.
The humidity was too high over the weekend, so we have been waiting. We
made a test cut in a field of Jagger near our field on Monday and the
grain moisture was 14 percent. That moisture level would normally be okay
for a farmer to start harvesting, but remember, our field is for seed
production and we donít want the grain moisture to be too high because
the seed could over-heat and spoil when it is stored in a bin. But other
farmers across the state were cutting their wheat yesterday, click
here to see.
We had a major scare yesterday evening. A big thunderstorm came through the area with 60 MPH winds and heavy rain. We received 0.75 inches of rain. Some people reported small, pea-sized hail. So, I was worried and went to our field the first thing this morning to see if there was any damage.
|For the most part everything looks alright. At the edge of the field, the heavy wind and rain knocked over this area. These plants are very wet and you can tell by how dark they are. This storm could have caused serious damage, so I think we dodged a bullet! Now, we will have to wait for at least 2 days before we can start to cut (harvest) our field. And we have to worry about more rain later in the week.|
|I was worried that if it had hailed last night it would have knocked the kernels out of the head. But these heads look fine and I couldnít find any kernels on the ground. I donít think there was any hail last night. I bit several kernels to determine the kernel moisture. As you would expect, when I bit a kernel it didnít crack like it was dry, instead I smashed it. This means the grain is very wet. Based on the weather forecast, Iím worried it will rain again in a couple days just when the wheat will be dry enough to harvest and then we will have to wait several more days for the grain to dry. When the wheat is ready to harvest and it rains and then dries again several times, the kernels shrink and swell. Sometimes, when this happens the seeds will start to sprout or germinate while still in the head. This isnít good, because sprouted grain canít be used for flour.|