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MOUNT HOPE, Kansas – The Kansas wheat harvest is well under way and some farmers are seeing a better harvest than years past.
“It usually take us 10 days to two weeks to harvest, barring delays, breakdowns and all that good stuff,” said Jeff Winter.
A full week into harvest the Winter family is in the middle of one of their busiest times of year working long days.
“So, they started about 6:30 yesterday morning and didn’t get home till about midnight last night.”
And while the majority of their time is spent in the field, they’re also taking care of other farm responsibilities at the same time.
“There’s planting of soy beans, a lot of people are baling hay or wheat straw and stuff like that so there’s lots of stuff going on,” said Vickie Winter.
It’s a family job.
“He’s cutting so that he can get the harvest done and come plant over here,” said Lance Winter.
When the storms hit like they did on Thursday, it can be a battle against mother nature.
When farmers see that coming everybody goes just a little bit faster they make sure they get the field completely done, and if they can’t get it done they wait till the last minute to try and make sure they can get it done.
In fact, Jeff didn’t have the time to spare for an interview with those storms coming so he passed the torch to his wife Vicky.
“It’s the thing we love to do, it’s our livelihood and so it’s the busier we are the more excited we get, the more that gets done, and you can see what happened at the end of the day. The last couple years with the drought it wasn’t as rewarding but it’s turned out great this year.”
Long days in the field make for weary farmers who could use your help to make a safe harvest.
“You have to watch for the farmers that are out on the road they’re so busy going, going, going that sometimes hard for them to stop, slow down for them slow down for the trucks and pay attention.”
With another week to go, harvest will soon be complete but this farmer’s work isn’t over.
“It’s a relief then it’s now whats next?”
The wheat the Winter family harvested Thursday is seed wheat meaning it will go to their grain bin until seed distributors pick it up in August to sell as seed for next year’s crop.
Their production wheat often goes to the Horizon Mill in Wichita to be used in bread products for local companies like Pizza Hut.