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Jenna: The day I drove a John Deere combine

Jenna: The day I drove a John Deere combine

We were finally able to cut today! Since our job is still a day or two off, Perry Hoffman, Jada’s dad, lined us up with a small job to do in the meantime. I helped move equipment this afternoon and had a chance to talk to Perry, who was showing us where the field was located. He told me to stop by and visit Jada and Candace, Jada’s mom, once I got back to town, so that’s what my sisters and I did. It was awesome to finally meet them and we had a nice visit!

We were there around suppertime, so they invited us to ride along to the field with them and see their operation in action. I really enjoyed meeting their crew and seeing what role everyone played in the business.

During supper, Perry hopped in one of the combines so the driver could eat, and I went along as a passenger. Soon, Perry turned to me and said, “Well, are you gonna drive this thing or what?” and my reply was, “Uhhhh, no I don’t think that would be a very good idea!” But before I knew it, Perry was already out of the driver’s seat and shoving me over. So there I was, driving a John Deere combine! I guess there’s a first time for everything. :] I’m going to be honest … I was scared! Perry was right beside me though and helped me through it, of course. But not without making fun of my sweaty hands!

Before the end of the night, he also had me, or made me, test drive one of his Kenworth trucks—another first for me. I think he was trying to give me a nervous breakdown! :] But I had a lot of fun. Tonight was definitely one for the books.

Jenna Zeorian can be reached at jenna@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

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