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Jada: Mommy, are we in Texas!? 40 years of Hoffman Harvest History

Jada: Mommy, are we in Texas!? 40 years of Hoffman Harvest History

This year marks a special year for Hoffman Harvesting. It’s our 40th Anniversary! So we are celebrating this year with pride.

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Our 40th Anniversary logo

By now, you would think we would be done having surprises in our profession and know what to expect; however, we were proved wrong once again. This year came earlier than we ever remember. I kind of feel like we dropped everything and left May 5- but that isn’t entirely true. Last year, I will confess that was the case for me. I came home to a debacle. So I made sure that I started getting ready earlier this year. The proof is in how much is packed in my camper. The more time you have- the more you pile in it!

Getting ready to leave for Texas.

Getting ready to leave for Texas.

The scare amount of snow we received this winter also helped us be more organized. In reality though, we are never really “prepared” until we get the nod that we are “leaving tomorrow.” That is when rush hour starts on our farm. It only happens once a year and it’s something I don’t miss from living in the city. Ours however is a different kind of rush hour. It lasts more than a couple of hours- more like days- and we run around like whirlwinds finishing last minute projects and getting everything ready to be driven out of the yard first thing.

Montana poses by a truck from our state in Clinton OK

Montana poses by a truck from our state in Clinton OK- it really is a small world!

While I have several jobs I need to do in preparation for harvest, the most fun was getting Kaidence’s room ready. I made her help carry her toys and pack them away. Some things on her list that didn’t make it were: her friend Cade from daycare, Bud my dad’s horse and every immediate family member we have. I told her they just wouldn’t fit and to my delight she seemed to absorb this news quite easily. The excitement of seeing the Campbell’s helped further curb her disappointment from not getting to take “everything” she wanted to bring with.

Malibu and Kaidence hang out while I fill my pickup

Malibu and Kaidence hang out while I fill my pickup

I did try to explain that we were leaving for Texas and wouldn’t be back for awhile. Though, the concept of leaving home never struck her until we actually left home. Then as we were driving she asked, “Mommy, can I please take my dolly Holly with?” I answered, “Sure.” The conversation proceeded to go on the next couple days about all her beloved items as we traveled to Kiowa, Kan., to pick up our combines and continued on to Texas. Even after telling her that our house was traveling behind her and everything she packed was coming with, it just didn’t quite make sense until we got here.

Bux enjoys our first evening in Olney

Bux enjoys our first evening in Olney

Her clean organized playroom/ bedroom combination didn’t stay that way for more than an hour we were here . . . . And that is when I could tell the adventure has just begun! While the drive here is never fun. We are always excited to be here. Now all we have to do is make more harvest history. Join us as we embark on our 40th year anniversary wheat harvest- We’re making memories!

All Aboard Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta. Jada Bulgin can be reached at jada@allaboardharvest.com.

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7 Comments
  • Jerry
    Posted at 07:26h, 10 May

    40 years. That’s great! I’m just coming up on 20 years for my business next year. 40 sounds like a pretty sweet number. Congratulations!

  • Linda
    Posted at 11:45h, 10 May

    Hey, I want to sign on for the 2013 year of harvesting, if you can use a woman combine operator. It’s been a few years since my last harvest adventure. 2013 will mark my own 40th anniversary, too. Just one more time for the long-distance harvest run!

  • Linda
    Posted at 11:45h, 10 May

    Hey, I want to sign on for the 2013 year of harvesting, if you can use a woman combine operator. It’s been a few years since my last harvest adventure. 2013 will mark my own 40th anniversary, too. Just one more time for the long-distance harvest run!

  • Deirdre Smart (Callums Mum )
    Posted at 12:26h, 10 May

    Well done to all the Hoffman Crews ,past and present ,over the 40 years of harvesting. Hope its a good one this year ! Hopefully Callum and Johnny will be with you very soon to keep up the good work ! Missing him as always ! x Keep on truckin Callum !

  • Jada Bulgin
    Posted at 23:15h, 10 May

    Thanks for the positive comments on our 40th Anniversary! We are blessed to be able to say that especially with the economy today. Twenty years is also a long time- congrats to your success Jerry! Deirdre, Johnny and Callum just got here today! We were excited to see them and they were happy to be here. It’s a long trip. Linda, I love to see women in the combine. Would love to hear about your harvest history- there’s not many women on the harvest and I am not sure why.

    • Linda
      Posted at 23:45h, 12 May

      Jada, I fist rode on a combine, in June, 1973.

      Once I saw how that machine worked, from a clear perspective, I was more than ready for the rest of the story, in essence, how the machine worked on the inside. Just one time and in 45 minutes, I was hooked.

      That was a pivotal point in my life, since I had not grown up on a farm or with a custom harvesting family. I had just found a new interest and something worth pursuing. 1979-1983 were my years of going on harvest excursions and even just long-term visits to farms at other times of the year, to learn more about real agribusiness.

      Although I never achieved an earlier dream of becoming a professional custom harvester, I still love combines as much as ever, and have continued to study them and keep up with their technology, over the past 39 years.

      I cannot guarantee what will happen, or where I will be, by this time, next year, but can promise one thing. I do want to make one last venture on harvest, to celebrate my 40 years of life with combines.

  • Norene
    Posted at 09:19h, 11 May

    Jada
    I always look forward to your posts and watching little Kaidence grow up. She is a doll! Good Luck this season and wishing you a safe season!