Farming in the USA Irish Style - Farm Insurance
Two months ago, the 20 year old Louth grew up on a 400-acre arable farm in Castlebellinghamman John Hoey moved stateside to work on the US harvest of over 100,000 acres of crops.
Now, with the US harvest in full swing, he’s working close to 16 hours a day and loving every minute of it.
Hoey and decided to apply to work with Frederick’s Harvesting in Kansas to gain experience of harvesting on a very large scale.
“I decided to apply to work at the American harvest because I wanted to see what farming is like in one of the biggest and most farming focused countries in the world.”
Hoey secured his place with Frederick’s through the Ohio State University internship program and he flew out to Kansas on April 4.
He started harvesting in Oklahaoma the first of the winter wheat, where he started harvesting wheat (winter and spring), corn, conola, sunflowers, and soya beans.
Hoey’s main job throughout the day is driving a tractor and grain cart taking the grain from the combines and loading it onto trucks. The grain is then brought to the elevators where it is stored and collected by trains bound for mills.
“On a normal harvest day, I leave the 6-bed camper before 7am to start work, bringing a packed lunch with me. We get supper brought to us by the company’s owner Lance, cooked by his wife Lynette at 7pm. We generally finish around 11pm and when we get back in the evening it’s shower time for everyone and then we pack our lunches for the next morning.”
The yields for the 2016 season have been much higher than previous years with winter wheat averaging 50 bushel in America, compared to 35-40 in previous years. Spring wheat yields are also promising because of ideal growing conditions.
“I would really urge everyone to try this experience, if they want to see America from a different view point and not just as a tourist with a camera.”
Frederick Harvesting was established in 1983 by Lance Frederick and runs nine John Deere S670 combines, 18 Kenworth trucks, four 8370R and three 8345R John Deere tractors.