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KS farmers delayed by rain finally get jump on wheat harvest

Published: Jun. 27, 2019 at 4:54 PM CDT
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Heavy rains have delayed the process, but farmers are again busy cutting wheat, managing to get the work done even though some are doing so with parts of their fields still muddy.

In a typical year, the wheat harvest would be finished, or farmers would at least be nearing the finish line. But with the weather delays this year, the process for many, is just beginning.

Cutting wheat is something Sedgwick County farmer John VanCuren has been waiting to do for weeks.

Now that the storms have stopped, VanCuren says it's time to get to work.

"The old saying is, 'make hay while the sun shines,'" he says."The same thing with a wheat harvest. You get one opportunity to harvest wheat and you take it when you can."

VanCuren says it's been a challenge cutting wheat around some parts of his field because of wet spots.

Another Wichita area farmer says shes' willing to do whatever it takes to curt the wheat and she's facing the crunch, expecting the arrival of her baby at any moment.

Thursday, farmer Allison Ott was out driving a grain cart. She's 38 weeks pregnant with her second child, but will keep working as long as she's able on the farm co-owned by her husband.She points out the profit from the wheat is what feeds her family.

"I gotta know that (the harvest is) the priority, even if, you know, I go into labor," she says.

VanCuren says he commends Ott for her commitment on the farm, sticking with it as long as she can before the baby arrives.

"That's the dedication and the passion you have to have or you can't be successful," he says.