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Wheat Harvest In Full Swing

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Despite the drought, the wheat harvest is looking good in my neck of the woods.

The wheat turned a golden shade of brown, and was ripe for harvest last week. We rent some of our ground to Upland Colony, and they invited me to ride in the combine as they harvested around 500 acres of winter wheat in our area.

My hometown of Mitchell, SD, reached 103°F,  last Friday, which broke a record set in 1955. With fire trucks parked alongside each field, they were prepared to fight even the smallest spark.

As the nation becomes increasingly troubled by drought, fires are erupting across the country. I have family members fighting fires in South Dakota and Colorado. It’s a dangerous job, and my thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters and those families whose houses and property are in the path of the flames.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released a seasonal drought outlook, which is quite telling to the challenges farmers and ranchers will be facing this summer.

In my neck of the woods, we are praying for a shot of rain to get the second cutting of hay growing and to relieve the corn, which is starting to tassel and curl.

How are things in your area? Are you busy with wheat harvest? Will you be able to cut enough hay to get through the winter? Are you going to have enough pasture for summer grazing?

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on Jul 9, 2012

Extremely dry in the Kansas City area. It is going to have an impact on the crops.

Bob Gwilt (not verified)
on Jul 9, 2012

Very hot and dry in south East Indiana Past 12 days of 90 to
100 degrees and Friday and Saturday hi of 108. Crops are
burning up with no rain in sight. Crop losses will be hugh
if we do nnot get rain soon.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 9, 2012

North East Oklaohoma, hay is really short, i have baled pastures in the past that produced more than fertilized meadows are this year, pastures are burning up fast, ponds are about dry.

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