High Plains Journal All Aboard Wheat Harvest


Steph: Occupied Buddy Seats
Steph Osowski

Gilliland, Texas – It takes me exactly 27 minutes and 14 seconds to get from the field to the elevator, scale/probe, unload, scale and get back to the field. However, I’ve never had the opportunity to combine a 450-acre field of wheat (talk about heaven — 450 acres without changing fields ONCE), so John got pushed outta the driver’s seat, and I hopped in. I also wanted to see what these red machines are all about. My review, you ask? It’s pretty awesome. Our wheat stats have stayed about the same with 20-25 bushels per acre and 58-60 pound test weights.

My buddy seat was occupied for awhile today by Miss Breanna. She is Farmer Glen’s niece, and we had ourselves a time. We spent a good portion of the afternoon talking about our favorite colors, swapping stories and singing along to Shania Twain on the radio. She also likes Johnny Cash, and said she would have ridden in the combine with me all day long — a girl truly after my own heart. She climbed off the combine, and then shortly after climbed right back up the ladder to give me a hug so, I’d be lying if I said she didn’t take a little piece of it with her.

Seeing as I’m the only female participant of this crew, I have found that the female nature has naturally stepped right in and I did, as my mom calls it, “the jobs nobody wants to do.” John and Matt often just call me “mom” on account of I keep them fed and make sure they don’t sleep in strange places, such as rolled up in a windshield cover on the ground or on the steps of the combine. And I’m sure all you men out there will agree — you don’t mind and often times need to be looked after to some degree. However, I told both guys I don’t mind cooking, but they can draw straws on who does the dishes.

Quote of the Day – “Keep your bum in the seat and your header in the wheat.”

Stuff Harvesters Do –  Prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner all before 9 a.m.
If it rains, you'll find me here.
If it rains, you’ll find me here.
Old school sign in downtown Seymour.
Old school sign in downtown Seymour.
I love these road signs for some reason.
I love these road signs for some reason.
Reeses PB cup muffins.
Reeses PB cup muffins.
What's breakfast without bacon?
What’s breakfast without bacon?
As I call them, weenie buns.
As I call them, weenie buns.
Breakfast sandwich game strong.
Breakfast sandwich game strong.
Meet Breanna - so sweet and so polite.
Meet Breanna – so sweet and so polite.
Shoes are optional in my combine cab.
Shoes are optional in my combine cab.
Steph and Breanna. I showed her this photo and after and asked if she wanted me to retake it since there was glare on her glasses. She says to me, "no thank you, it's a good photo."
Steph and Breanna. I showed her this photo and after and asked if she wanted me to retake it since there was glare on her glasses. She says to me, “no thank you, it’s a good photo.”

 

Combine cab sunset.
Combine cab sunset.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. You can contact Steph at stephanie@allaboardharvest.com.
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13 Responses to Steph: Occupied Buddy Seats
Steph Osowski

  1. T’aint fair. Air conditioned cab, radio, luxury seats, 40-foot head on that combine and a genuine West Texas angel to sing with.
    1950 — 12 foot cutter head on a Gleaner, hard steel seat without even an umbrella. Spread the bed roll under the combine at night.

    • That is very true. We are definitely spoiled these days compared to that, you’re right there. Crazy how times have changed!

  2. Good Stuff ,Steph, Nice to see that your header is in the wheat again. Boy talk about diversified work. Look’s like you are the full meal deal!!

    • Thank you, Tom! I like to be a Jack of all trades but I will never claim to be the master of any. I do what I can, the best I can.

    • That’s the spirit! I tell the guys the same thing. And the elevator is very close but you are right — rarely is there a truck ahead of me! Quick in and out.

  3. You’re movin’, gal, if you can get to the elevator and back to the field in 27 minutes and 14 seconds!!! Definitely no wait time at the elevator!

  4. I am keeping up with you,,Steph,love you and be safe there,think of you every day, we are fine,keeping busy, wish I could have sent some buns with you,love you and miss you, gram Polly

    • Thank you, Grandma! I’m so happy to know you are following my adventures this year. I miss you too and love you and I will give you a call in the next couple days to catch up. 🙂

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