Despite two hard freezes, one of which knocked wheat back to the crown, Northeast Texas wheat farmers are completing harvest of what many consider to be the best crop they ever made. Some farmers report 100 bushel per acre production in some fields.
This marks the third year in a row that the Northeast corner of the state has produced an excellent wheat crop. The rest of the state, however, will cut less than average yields, limited by drought and late freezing temperatures that damaged an already vulnerable crop.
1. Full heads of wheat
FULL HEADS of wheat are ready for harvest in Northeast Texas where farmers are making their third good crop in a row.
2. Big fields of ripe wheat
BIG FIELDS OF RIPE wheat await the combine in Northeast Texas.
3. Wheat heads
WHEAT HEADS in Northeast Texas got a boost from May rains that came during a crucial growth stage.
4. Cutting a good crop
CUTTING A GOOD crop of wheat keeps combines busy.
5. Wheat rolling into the combine
WHEAT ROLLING INTO the combine shows potential for excellent yields.
6. Ben Scholz
BEN SCHOLZ, Farmersville, Texas, wheat farmer, finishes up the 2014 wheat harvest with better than average yields despite some spring freezes that threatened the crop.
7. Moving through a field of wheat
MOVING THROUGH a good field of wheat.
8. Eating dust
EATING DUST is a hazard if you get too close behind a combine.
9. Grain cart on the move
THE GRAIN CART gets ready to track the combine as harvest winds down in Northeast Texas.
10. On-the-go grain loading
ON-THE-GO grain loading keeps wheat harvest efficient.
11. Filling the grain cart
FILLING GRAIN CARTS keeps farmers busy when wheat yields are good.
12. Favorable harvest weather
HARVEST WEATHER has been mostly favorable, with only a few showers to slow progress in the Texas Northern Blacklands.
13. Last days of wheat harvest
THE LAST DAYS of wheat harvest for Texas likely will be this week.
14. Making tracks
MAKING TRACKS through a just-cut wheat field.
15. Residue from wheat harvest
RESIDUE FROM this year’s wheat crop will protect the soil from erosion until spring planting. Or...
16. Baled for wheat straw
BALED for wheat straw to mark the last stage of wheat harvest.