The harvest offers a particular vibrant spot and a ritual that retains their eyes on brighter days forward.
One dim day
Not all days can be shiny, in fact.
Working example: On Aug. 21, Harmen and Ashten needed to renew harvest after a weekend of sunshine rain, however the day wasn’t warming up very quick or drying out as anticipated. Harmen solely half-jokes that it was the photo voltaic eclipse that stored him out of the sector.
“Lack of daylight,” Harmen says. “It was a few hours from the start of the eclipse. And it was additionally cloudy and excessive humidity, so we could not go but.”
No, he is by no means needed to watch for an eclipse earlier than.
“It is a few years since we had an eclipse like that. I feel it was 1918, I might learn someplace,” he says.
On Aug. 23, the Tande harvest resumed. They began at midday and give up at about eight p.m., because the night damp set in. Wheat is greatest harvested at thirteen.5 % moisture or much less for storage. He says he might simply really feel it when the mix engine began to labor because the dew set in.
This yr’s wheat is yielding within the mid-60 bushel vary. Sometimes, he is capturing for seventy five to eighty bushels.
Harmen has been a producer of registered seed from basis seed from the Minnesota Crop Enchancment Affiliation for greater than 20 years. He had completed harvesting the seed wheat about Aug. 10, however the later fields have been business wheat.
Again in fashion
The Tandes are about on-schedule with the spring wheat harvest for the area.
Minnesota’s crop was forty two % harvested, falling a bit behind the sixty three % 5-yr common for this date, as of the Aug. 20 report from the Nationwide Agricultural Statistics Service. Drought-affected North Dakota was fifty two % harvested with the crop, forward of the forty five % 5-yr common. South Dakota was 88 % harvested, simply forward of its 5-yr common, and Montana’s spring wheat was sixty six % harvested in comparison with a forty five % common.
The previous few years have not been nearly as good for promoting wheat seed, as a result of everybody has needed to boost extra corn and soybeans, Harmen says.
“Wheat has type of gone out of favor. There is not as a lot demand for (wheat) varieties. Nevertheless it’s a method so as to add a bit of worth if I can. We’ve a smaller farming operation so we attempt to have little niches right here,” he says.
The relative power within the wheat market because of the drought farther west has been a pleasing shock.
“You attempt to ahead-contract some. However now the worth has come down some. It’s going to bounce round,” he says.
Tande bought a few of his wheat for $7.20 per…