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Emma: Cross off Gotebo

Emma: Cross off Gotebo

Our first stop for the Misener Family is now crossed off the list. Gotebo, Okla., is in the rearview. Thursday we finished up the last 65 acres around Gotebo, which averaged about 18 bushels/acre, 12 percent moisture and a test weight of 61. Considering the year we’ve been dealt, it was not bad wheat.

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Finishing up the last 65 acres of wheat in Gotebo.

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Sunset in the field.
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Thad and Dan getting ready to unload onto Joel in the grain cart after completion of a field.

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Abby and I wait.


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Cutting right next to a creek. Trust me, the pictures do NOT do it justice. Sort of like the Grand Canyon – pictures just can’t put it into perspective.


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The second to last field we did, there were seven oil wells in a quarter. I call it the oil well graveyard because all of them are no longer working.

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A closer picture of the oil wells.

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As with anyone who harvests in Oklahoma, you have to deal with the wind. Normally, we try not to harvest going with the wind, but if you’re doing a field with lots of terraces, you can’t really get away from it. Chaff can clog the radiator and engine temperatures rise, and that’s not good.

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Elizabeth keeping herself busy playing with a bug that was on the outside of the window.

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Dan and Leslie giving me a ‘thumbs up’ saying, lets get started.

The best wheat we cut, was around 25 bushels/acre. This was very rare, and patchy. This particular field was down in the river bottom so it had more moisture. As you can see this was about thigh to waist high and still shorter than normal.

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Dan being my ‘prop’ showing how tall the wheat is. Little Leslie is in there somewhere too.

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Dan and Leslie looking at the wheat.

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Me dumping the last of the wheat from the last field around Gotebo.

This is something you don’t see every day. In the last field we cut there was an old combine along the edge of the fence. It has been parked there so long that the tree has grown in and around the combine. I’m sure all farmers out there have seen something like this.

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The next wheat we’ll be cutting is around Elk City.

Be safe and God bless!

Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

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