Harvesting 6,000ac of wheat on one farm
Jamie Casey reports on the end of the harvest season Stateside
As the cereal harvest draws to a close in Ireland, attention Stateside is also turning to fall crops. We recently harvested our final field of wheat, which brought us to a grand total of 15,000ac of wheat this year. Within the last four weeks, the focus has shifted onto harvesting canola and soybeans.
One of our stops along the way takes us up into Canada, to harvest wheat and canola in the centre of Saskatchewan.
This job was on a large single farm, with 6000ac of canola and 2000ac of wheat. At the beginning of September we undertook a major blowdown and clean of all equipment to prepare it to cross international borders.
The machines are inspected thoroughly at the border crossing to ensure they are not carrying any grain or soil that could spread disease, weeds and other unwanted organic materials.
This was no small task, and took over a day per combine for three guys. Nothing less than absolute cleanliness would suffice.
With the machines looking like they just rolled off the production line, we hauled them to the border on trucks.
Here, the combines were unloaded and prepared for the two day drive to Archerwill, Saskatchewan, a trip of 425 miles. Canadian transport laws dictate that the truck carrying the combine with the header hooked onto the rear is an illegally long combination.
So, to avoid making return trips for each of the headers, it was decided to drive the combines up there.