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Steph: Till next time, Oklahoma!

Steph: Till next time, Oklahoma!

StephNEW_thumbnailOne state down, two more to go! Osowski Ag Service has completed harvest in Oklahoma and is now settled in Lyons, Kan. We got all the equipment loaded up last night and were able to get an early start this morning, arrive in Lyons within a few hours, unload, and get right back in the field!

With the late harvest last summer, we were forced to skip this stop here in Lyons and move up to our stop in northwestern Kansas. We have had this job since 1997 so it was hard not to feel like something was missing! The first two fields we cut this afternoon/evening had some of the best wheat we have seen so far this summer. Yields were showing between 45-50 bushels, test weights at 64 pounds, moisture at 10-11% and protein at 10. With numbers like that, we are feeling very welcome back here. We have about a 40 mile trip to our elevator so we had to have Mom out in the field today as well in order for the trucks to keep up with this beautiful wheat.

If anyone is looking for a good radio station, I have one for you to try. If you are in the northern Oklahoma/south central Kansas area, 98.3 Coyote Country is fantastic. By far my favorite radio station from North Dakota to Oklahoma.

Quote of the Day: “Hey look, I overloaded the truck! Hope Dad’s got a shovel.” 

SO-Helena, Okla.

Dad uses our air compressor on the service truck to blow excess chaff and straw off the combine before we travel north.

SO-Helena, Okla.

More cleaning.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

The thick and beautiful looking straw of our fields in Lyons, Kan.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

Brandon unloads into the grain cart (driven by mom) on the go.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

Mom, filling up Petey.

Yet another sunset montage. I can’t help myself.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

Storm clouds in the background + colors from the sunset = stunning.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

All our equipment in somewhat of a group.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

SO-Lyons, Kan.

These thunder heads loomed in the distance but never got close enough to effect us but boy, was it beautiful scenery.

So, funny story. When I was in middle school, my friends back home never believed that I actually made friends down south on harvest. How nice of them, huh? One of my friends from Oklahoma, Melanie, I have had since I was 5 years old. I had my first sleepover with her and was even in her wedding a couple years ago. Anyway, when I would talk about her at home to my friends, they would all laugh at me and say that she was my “imaginary friend” and that I was making her up. We discussed and got a good laugh out of this when we remembered it last night when we got together for supper before we headed north so I thought I would share it with you!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta. You can contact Stephanie at stephanie@allaboardharvest.com.

1Comment
  • Harry and Sharon Drake
    Posted at 07:42h, 28 June

    Wheat harvest here in Cowley County, Kansas, 60 miles south of Wichita is going good. I do not know how much is left. I see a lot of fields done and a lot not cut yet. There has been some light rains,just enough to slow them down. Everybody is busy with hay and wheat. It is wonderful to see 2nd and 3rd cutting of hay.
    Around Wichita there were a couple of fires in wheat fields. Some wheat was lost.That is so easy to happen.
    Be careful Looks like the temps will be in 90’s today. The last 2 days have been in the 100’s and no wind. Storm came through last evening about 7 pm. Fast and little rain. Winds were 40-50 mph. Sharon Drake June 28,2013