A small, family farm in Wisconsin

Wheat’s Done

Wheat being loaded into the semi

Wheat being loaded into the semi

Last week Lee finished getting his wheat harvested.  He had a couple of hold-ups including some rain, and minor combine repairs.  The wheat was loaded into a grain truck and hauled away to the elevator.  Wheat prices aren’t so great right now, but it’s a paycheck that we will appreciate.  We had  hail damage to the wheat, corn and soybeans,  but we do have some insurance on  our crops, and the damage wasn’t too bad. 

A load of straw ready to be taken away.

A load of straw ready to be taken away.

Part 2 of the wheat harvest is baling the straw, which is the stalks of the wheat, minus the grain.  Lee began that process today.  There is a local dairy farmer who buys our wheat straw every year.  Lee bales it and fills the wagons, and the farmer’s employee comes and picks up the full wagons, takes them to the dairy, where they unload them, then he brings back the empty wagon to be filled with straw bales again.  The farmer who buys the straw appreciates that it’s always clean and baled well and he pays a reasonable price for it.  He’ll be taking several hundred bales.  I think he uses it for bedding for his young stock.  So, the wheat’s done for another year.   The next big job will be soybeans.

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