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2016 Wrap Up
Emma Misener

Dell Rapids, SD — I cannot believe it is the middle of September already. Every year when the summer harvest wraps up and the fall season begins, I get the same feeling of disbelief. Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday we were fixing the big, green beasts and starting our first wheat field of the season. Now the harvest trail has led us to our next stop in South Dakota. Here we will inspect the machines we have in storage, fix what needs repaired (not much I presume), and wait the allotted time it takes for the fall crop to mature. My guess is that the soybeans for our farmer is about two-three weeks away. The corn will be ready after that. The crop maturity varies a lot this year it seems. Some is a maybe a week away, others at least three. Maybe it is due to the varieties planted or possibly if the rains this summer hit the field or not. Overall, it looks to be a good fall season.
That is just how farming goes. It is a gamble. I imagine it is very hard to see the time, money and effort into planting a crop be destroyed by the elements. I suppose that’s why being a farmer and having great faith go hand in hand. Just like any job really. No one likes to see their hard work destroyed or belittled. No matter what the lifestyle is, we all need God. He helps us through the ups and downs. I believe He never makes bad things happen or good things happen, He teaches us how to deal with or rejoice in those things that arise in our lives. He lets us know that He is here for the long haul and that we can depend on Him to get us through. This year has been stressful, just like any other year, but I am content because I know that He is here and He will help us through. All we can do is our best and He will do the rest. But doing our best can sometimes be the challenge. We are human, we make mistakes, but He knows that. We will continue to disappoint. In the end it only matters if we do our best.

Here are a few fun pictures!
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Thanks to our farmer Mike for pitching in and having fun with us spelling out All Aboard Wheat Harvest! It will be forever in my memories and it was laughable time!

I always try to say something profound, encouraging and motivating in my ending post of the season. I am always looking on the bright side of things. To my friends I am known as the eternal optimist. Haha! I am not sure about that, but the only thing I can think of at the moment and has never really escaped my mind this year is this:

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.”
 
-Mother Teresa of Calcutta

A final tip of the hat to all followers! I have had a great year and have enjoyed the stories you all have shared with me. Thank you for following along with Misener Family Harvesters and AAWH. I hope you have a prosperous and happy rest of the year and continue to be blessed in the future. Keep on keepin’ on. Never loose faith.

Be safe and God bless you and yours.
-Emma Misener

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.

My Momma is Awesome
Emma Misener

Elk City, Ok — Every year I think I say the same thing but it bears repeating! My Momma is such an excellent cook and I am amazed how she can keep up and find new things to cook. I like cooking, but the hardest part for me it to think of something TO cook. Mom has had years of practice and it definitely shows. Thank you, Momma, for doing what you do best. You keep us all in line and take care of us like no other. You are very much loved not only for your cooking, but because you are awesome and are worthy of a post of your very own. I thank God you are mine! Here are just a few things that we get to eat. No special reason for these amazing things, believe me this is her normal cooking.
These are called ‘Good-for-you muffins’. Basically its a bran muffin with walnuts and raisins, but it literally tastes like heaven. My favorite. What’s a muffin without lots of butter?! 
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Emma:elk city and beyond
Elk city repairs and fun
This is the best pie in the whole wide world. My favorite upon favorites, ‘Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie’.
Emma: mommas awesome food
Emma: mommas awesome food

The 10th was her 60th birthday! We celebrated by a surprise get together with family at our local Mexican restaurant, Pedro’s. It was a fun time. Then we headed back to Granny’s house (aka Momma) and had cake and opened presents. The cake was a mutual effort between my sister Katie, Liz and I. I have to say it turned out great! Just what we all hoped it would look like.
Emma: mommas birthday
Emma: mommas birthday
Emma: mommas birthday
A couple days later we gave her another birthday present. She’s been wanting to paint her kitchen. Well, job accomplished! She now has nice, bright red walls! Her favorite color. Happy Birthday, Momma. You are a special woman. I love you. Here’s to many more birthdays to come!

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.

Blessing in Disguise
Emma Misener

Elk City, Ok — Being at home here in Elk City when we could be harvesting on the road somewhere, can kind of take a toll on us. You get to thinking you’re a failure because you cannot find work or you begin to doubt yourself. But as I wrote in my last post, it is all in the way you look at things. Your perspective means everything. Yes it is hard not knowing where we will be next, if we will have enough work to get us by for the year, or if we are gonna make it. But, I also know that trusting in God to know where we are at this very moment, is where we are suppose to be and we need to learn from it. This past month has been very stressful but it has also been rewarding. We have been able to get our inspections and repairs done for next year’s harvest, so in a way we are ahead of schedule! We have been able to spend more time with family. We don’t normally get to do the summer things ‘normal people’ get to do. Go to the lake or be able to go to adoration at church in the middle of the week, because our schedule allows it now. Our work is not as time sensitive like it is while harvesting. The other day I got to take a day and spend it with my goddaughter Martha. I needed that day with her. She reminded me that its OK to forget your problems for a day and just enjoy each others company. We took a drive around town, went to the lake and dipped our feet in, went to a 3D movie and finished up making spaghetti together for supper. Sounds pretty ordinary, but rather, it was extraordinary. I would not have normally done that if we had not been home.
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Elk city repairs and fun
Elk city repairs and fun

My sister and I have tried to start a business of our own, Simply Sentimental, making things out of reclaimed barn wood. The other day we made a cribbage board. No ordinary cribbage board let me tell you! It took about 10-15 hours to make from start to finish, but it was worth the smile on my brother-in-laws face. Plus it was a good time with my three siblings (Dan, Liz, and Katie) in making the table itself. I think he liked his birthday present!
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Emma:elk city cribbage board
Elk city repairs and fun
Elk city repairs and fun
Emma:elk city cribbage board

This past month has been stressful but I have to remember that all of these things are a blessing in disguise, and it is all in the way that I look at it. We will continue to do our best and trust that God will do the rest.

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.

Perspective
Emma Misener

Elk City, Ok — I mentioned in my last post that we have been washing the equipment and doing some preventative maintenance. Well, because it has been so hot lately, playing outside is just too hot to handle for all of the kids around here. So what better way to get them out of the house and out of your hair than to get wet?! Plus they are all good help so the job was not only more fun, but it also went faster with their help. At first they were all complaining because they didn’t want to work and wash. It is amazing how quickly their perspective can change. Its all in the matter of how you present the task at hand. How about we put on our swimming suits and run through the water?! It’s like our own little water park for free! They could not get ready fast enough. 🙂 All the kids were great help, and it was nice to have a good laugh.
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Emma:elk city and washing
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Emma:elk city and washing
Emma:elk city and washing

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.

What have we been up to?
Emma Misener

Elk City, Ok — Where on earth has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday we started the 2016 harvest. The only thing that stays the same is that each year is different. This year, we have been fortunate to pick up some extra work here in Oklahoma, making 2016 the best we have had for a while. Normally we follow the harvest north as it ripens, moving north in 250-300 mile jumps along the way. We have not been able to find more work north of us this year. This is the part of the harvest life that is the hardest, and the most stressful.

So what have we been doing here at Misener Family Harvesters? Well, after we finished up in Sweetwater, OK,  we drove the combines back home. The trip took about two hours driving them at 20 mph; as fast as these big, green beasts go. The trip seemed like it took forever, but it wasn’t even close to my record of 18 hours! In my family, I am proud to say I hold that record. It happened by pure circumstance. This is NOT a normal occurrence. I was about 18 years old at the time. I left Rolla, North Dakota early one morning and ended up in Hayti, South Dakota about 18 hours later. Not bad for a 400 mile trip, huh?!

Anyway, we brought the machinery back home, washed them up inside and out. We made sure that they were spotless. Since we don’t know if we’ll be using these combines again this year, every door, every nook and cranny has to be washed out. This washing process takes a lot of extra time. This sieves also needed to come out and all the augers have to be cleaned. It probably was a good thing that we had washing to do because the whole week the temperatures were triple digits. It was kind of nice to get wet.
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My sister Liz and I :).
Elk city repairs and fun
Elk city repairs and fun
Elk city repairs and fun
After cleaning the machines up, we did inspection on them and found a few things that needed repairing. There is always something that needs improving; a place that needs to be spot welded or hole patched, a bearing that could use replacing before it goes completely out, or electrical wiring. All of these things are not necessarily top priority while harvesting, but now that we have down time, we can fix them. A little preventative maintenance now helps a lot for next years’ harvest. We also found that our grain cart auger needs replacing so that too is on the agenda.

So, the harvest is in full swing in North Dakota now, which is a thousand miles from here. Our best chance at finding work is fall harvest. Maybe in Texas?! They have a lot of corn and milo down there. The possibility is kind of exciting. If nothing else, the fall weather will be a lot warmer down there. I do not have the answers. I am continuing to pray in hopes we find work, but until then, all we can do is work here at home on machinery, trying to bring home the bacon.

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.

Terraces
Emma Misener

Sweetwater, OK — I texted a friend one day with this picture and a caption: “terraces.” He replied, “suck!” 
Emma: Sweetwater terraces
They may not look like much because pictures never do it justice, but they were steep.

Terraces CAN suck. Especially ones like these that are so steep. These are not the steepest terraces I have ever cut on, but I thought they were definitely worthy of their own post. For those of you who don’t really know much about them, they are actually very helpful. They help distribute the water more evenly to the whole field rather than those pesky low spots you can have that collect water. That is basically the job of a terrace. I am not really sure why we don’t see these terraces much north of Nebraska, but I guess that’s the way it is. We cut the terraces out. Meaning, we follow the lay of them following every curve, then cut the wheat that is in between each one and work our way across the field. We do this because we believe we leave too much wheat behind if we strictly just cut up and over them. Some people do it this way, but we prefer to have a field look as best as possible and that means no wheat left in the field.

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com

Passion
Emma Misener

Sweetwater, OK — As I have mentioned in previous posts we have had lots of riders in the field. The kids are all so different. Some come to ride for a few minutes before wanting to go home, others maybe a couple hours, and still others some cannot get enough. My nephew, Leslie, is one that cannot get enough, as well as my niece, Lauren, who seems to want to do nothing else! All the kids like coming to the field, but these two really have a passion for it! It is refreshing to see the same determination and drive you find in yourself, in others. Especially those of which are so young.

Lauren needs her own post! This little girl, or rather young lady of almost double-digit 10 is so much fun in the field. She is willing to do the ‘dumb’ jobs or the jobs that aren’t so much fun. Sure, she wants to do the grown up jobs, but is willing to be patient and wait for when the time is right. The other day we were a person short it seemed. The grain cart was on the other side of the field, causing the combine to have to drive clear across it to dump. This is silly. She climbed happily up into the tractor cab, was given a brief and thorough lesson in moving and stopping, safety and common sense, and before long she was off in the cart moving it in a timely fashion. She is amazing! She did so good and did everything exactly as instructed. I was so impressed that i felt she was ready to unload on-the-go! She did a fabulous job! There is always room for improvement, but that is how you learn. She did just as good as any hired man first day on the job. Good job, Lauren! You’re hired!
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Emma:elk city and beyond
Emma:elk city and beyond


Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com

Unexpected Joys
Emma Misener

Sweetwater, OK — There are times when I feel like my life consists of the same ol’ hum drum each day. Don’t get me wrong, I like what I do. I believe I am where I am suppose to be and doing what I’m supposed to do. But life can get you down in its weird little habits it creates. Especially when you are exhausted and ready for a break. The fourth day into cutting at Sweetwater an unexpected joy hopped into my cab. “HI! My name is Reed Thomas Tucker! I’m five years old and I love combines. What’s your name?”. In a matter of seconds a smile came upon my face and my heart melted. The next two hours were the best I had all week, and I didn’t even have to say a word. Simple, unexpected joy. God is amazing. He knows just what I need and when I need it. Thank you for little joys such as these and thank you for giving me the eyes to behold it, Lord!

Our conversation consisted of farming. What he liked, disliked. What his family did for a living. A farm accident someone close to his family had to endure. How his dad is a firefighter and that he might want to do that someday, but he also wanted to farm. What he wanted for Christmas! His toy farm he had at home and how the farm operated. How he has books on spiders and snakes and the he and his brother killed a black widow once with a hatchet. Haha! This little boy was a hoot and a blessing to have in my cab. Oh, to have the eyes of a child! No wonder God tells us to be like children. They find the simple joys! They’re not afraid of anything, anybody, to tell you what they think, and are just plain happy! I hope that God will grant me these qualities.

My 7 year old nephew, Leslie, was also in the field that day and rode a couple rounds getting acquainted with his new friend. Reed’s brother, Mason, also joined the fun, riding a round or two in the other combine. Soon the fun was over and it was time to go home. Sunset had come and supper hadn’t been eaten yet. Thanks for the visit, Reed Thomas Tucker! It surely was a pleasure and a great blessing.
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(L to R) Reed, Leslie and Liz
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Reed and Leslie became greats buddies!
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Leslie on the top of the ladder, Reed on the bottom, and Mason on the ground.
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Dan talking to our farmer Mr. Sites, and Reed and Mason’s dad, Mr. Tucker!


Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com

4th Stop: Triticale
Emma Misener

Sweetwater, Ok — Our fourth stop is for a customer who has triticale. We cut for this farmer last year and it was the very first time that I had ever cut triticale. I didn’t even know what it was until last year. Apparently it’s a cross between wheat and rye and it originated in Scotland. It is mostly used for grazing cattle, cut for silage, or for seed. It is a great alternative to corn because of its protein content. If you’re interested you can click on this link or this one, and learn more about the facts. It’s just a few things I found surfing the web that I found interesting. It still amazes me how large the head is. It really does have the rye traits of being tall and a long head. The wheat shows through in the head as well, where you can see each individual little seed and the seed itself looks more like wheat than rye. It is fun to have a change from cutting wheat.
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Sadly this is our last stop for now. Now we’re looking for work until the fall harvest arrives.

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com

Riding Shotgun
Emma Misener

Burns Flat, OK, Sentinel, OK, and Sweetwater, OK — Wow! Harvest is SO busy! Every year I am still surprised at how busy harvest can be. It literally has been non-stop cutting, minus two rain delays since we started. You have to have stamina to be a harvester for sure. Nearly every night ends about an hour and a half after the sunsets (as you know the sun sets in the summertime a LOT later) and the mornings begin around 7-7:30 am. Long hours, little sleep and great fun: that’s what harvest is about. The long hours and no sleep part can get old really fast but we have to remember that this is our livelihood. This is our farmers livelihood and we have to do the work when there is work to be done. We are fortunate that the good Lord has blessed us with work so we will take the opportunity He has given us, head on, with all the strength we can muster to continue on. Hard work + determination = success. There is no other way to be than our motto my Dad and Mom came up with years ago: ‘We’re Dependable because we Care.’ We do care and that’s why we continue on. 
This past month been hard but it has also been fun. Lots of grand-kids have come out to ride and experience harvest again. Maybe someday they will want to continue this way of life, who knows? But unless you plant a seed and pray that it will grow, it won’t have the opportunity. Get your kids out there and teach them what you know. Don’t you want them learning from the best and not what the distorted media today tells them? It’s up to us to stand up for us. No one will do that for us.

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.