The annual Saskatchewan mega-project we call harvest is underway.
Combines are working their way through early maturing parts of the rotation, while other fields are rapidly maturing as the weather has been relatively co-operative so far.
There is nothing that compares to today’s harvesting process. Often, multiple units will be lined up like participants in a precision synchronized skating program. This is especially impressive on those dry, calm summer nights like we saw this past weekend as distant lights from combines, carts and semis move like aliens across the horizon.
While the arrival of harvest brings a mix of excitement and optimism coupled with the pleasant feeling of being accomplishment tired, this year is one that holds a higher than usual degree of optimism.
At the risk of jinxing this like talking about a no-hitter in the ninth inning, there is more than a little talk about how big this crop is going to be. In fact, there are even suggestions that it may well be the biggest crop in Saskatchewan history.
This year certainly has been a year unlike any other.