Harvesting wheat in the snow

Harvesting wheat in North Dakota – 10 Oct 2018

How’s that global warming thing working for you, guys?

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this photo

Sent to me by a (friend) lady wheat farmer in Spiritwood Lake, North Dakota yesterday, says Bill.

 


19 thoughts on “Harvesting wheat in the snow

  1. This is no laughing matter. I was going to joke “Get me Frosties for my breakfast not Shredded Wheat LOL” but I am not sure the machines can work properly when snow clogs every part of the harvester.
    Watch this space.

    • well they wont have header fires trying to look on the bright side.
      not that really IS a bright side farming in that;-( poor devils.
      the cost to dry the grain will eat most of the pittance theyll get i would think.

  2. It’s not just the Plains and grain belt of Canada—all the heavy rain across Wisconsin also has destroyed much of the crop (corn, soya) this year. What hasn’t been drowned due to flooding remains standing in mud which cannot be traversed by harvesting equipment, and what else remains is prone to rot or mildew.

    My best friend lives in Madison and has said what looked to be a record harvest has turned into a mess.
    https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2018/10/10/rain-muddy-fields-delaying-fall-harvest-wisconsin-farmers/1578880002/

    More photos and comments directly from the farmers themselves not only in Wisconsin but around the Midwest here:
    https://www.agweb.com/agweb-crop-comments/

    • This site has been warning of sudden onset of winter during GSMs for several years, before the cereal crops have been harvested, start by look at historical records for spring planting and harvest dates during Dalton the last Grand Solar Minimum 1790 to 1820. To put it into context the Imperial French Army was destroyed by an early start to winter in 1812 on the retreat to Poland.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_invasion_of_Russia
      Then look at the effects of Oort, Wolf, Spoorer, Maunder, Dalton, and to a lesser extent the tepid Gleissberg Period 1870 to 1940, for solar induced cooling on agriculture during a non-mechanised period of human development. If giant Hydrocarbon powered machines can’t be used on the land because of very wet conditions the food will rot in place or not be planted in time during the late or wet start to spring.

      • JimBob:
        The promoters of AGW claim that average annual global temperature (however that is determined) has risen by approximately 1 degree C since the start of the Industrial Revolution. Isn’t that industrialization start date pretty much in line with the period you are discussing? That being the case, a temperature rise of 1 degree following a Grand Solar Minimum would seem to be nothing outside of the norm.

        This simple fact never seems to come up in the apocalyptic climate narrative that dominates the news cycle.

    • Totally agree. Just bought another ten jars I can seal and remove enough the oxygen from to preserve for years. The tech is simple and cheap. I urge you to prep. If it doesn’t happen you can always eat it.

  3. We (North Dakota) have had a slow steady drizzle or rain for the last several weeks so there are many sections (640 acres) of crops that were too wet to harvest and are still in the field. Those crops may never get harvested even if the precipitation stops.

  4. I assume those combines are stopped in their tracks. Sieves would be plugged with snow and ice in short order, and all of the grain would flow out the back.

  5. Corn can be harvested with some snow on it provided the temperature stays below 20F.Wheat or soybeans smashed flat on the ground ,their only hope is warm dry weather and then it will still be difficult going.

    • It can, but yield is reduces massively and income per ton as well because of the higher cost of preserving the now wet grain.

      Add that the maintenance cost of the equipment also goes up in weather like that, and the farmer is slammed with a triple whammy of increased cost, reduced yield, AND reduced income per ton of that yield.

  6. I don’t mean to sound mean to the workers who are doing the difficult task of harvesting wheat in the snow,
    But that caption, ‘How’s that global warming thing working for you, guys?’ goes so well with that photo.

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