Leaping flames and billowing smoke could be seen for miles last Thursday afternoon from a wheat and pasture fire just north of the Chase/Perkins County line. Rain eventually helped extinguish the fire which called several area departments. (Johnson Publications photo)

It’s very dry out there—multiple fires are proof

If there’s any question whether or not it’s dry in southwest Nebraska, the multiple grass fires in just one day last week should convince any doubters.

With temperatures soaring into triple digits over the last week, the irrigated wheat in the area was ready for harvest. The images of the combine and tractor appear distorted due to the heat waves rolling off this field east of Imperial Saturday. (Johnson Publications photo)

With all of the dryland wheat crop in the bin, focus has shifted to the irrigated wheat crop. Here, Russ Fitzke moves through a field of irrigated wheat east of Imperial Saturday. The combine is equipped with a  stripper header that strips off the wheat head while leaving the straw standing. (Johnson Publications photo)

This summer’s wheat harvest all but in bin

In late June, it looked like this year’s wheat harvest would be early.
    But true to form, harvest didn’t get rolling until around the 4th of July.


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