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Crazy busy. That has to be the biggest understatement for the Misener family this past week.

It all started (and we like to tease August about it) when August got the combine stuck. We were driving in mud that was two feet deep in places, but he is the only one that buried the big green beast. I think it's safe to say he is now officially part of the family. We didn't even need to get a tractor to pull him out, we just unloaded the hopper. With the four-wheel-drive and a lot of backup power we were able to get him unstuck and cutting again in a few minutes.

water and mud
This is what we were driving through. In the low parts of the fields, the water was easily up to one to two feet deep.

Rain in the middle of harvest isn't typically a word you like to hear, but for this Okie—it is heaven.

Last week meteorologists were predicting a 10 to 60 percent chance of rain, and no two weather stations predicted the same forecast. Keeping an eye on the weather was not our priority, but the rain obviously came.

Big storm rollin' in

Dusk before the Storm

Last pass before the rain
This was the last round we had to take to finish the field, and it was just in time!

Wheat harvest for Misener Family Harvesters has officially started and it sure didn't take long to get back into the swing of things.

Yesterday we drove three combines, tractor and grain cart, and two semis to our first stop on the 2012 trail. We started south of Elk City, Okla., and cut around 160 acres. Not too bad for our first day. The wheat averaged about 11 percent moisture, 61 pound test weight, and around 30 to 35 bushels per acre. Compared to last year, the wheat is considerably better, like night and day.

Our First Day!
Dan took this picture yesterday. The farmer is right behind us with the tractor working the field.

Harvest hasn't quite started for the Misener Family, so we're keeping busy with things around the shop. Some of the things we're doing is inspecting our combines, tightening chains and belts, doing some preventative maintenance by changing bearings that are nearly worn out, and cleaning cabs. Some might find this a little tedious, but this is the kind of work that keeps us running in the fields when harvest is in full bloom. No breakdowns in the fields means more wheat we can cut in a shorter amount of time. Not only do we appreciate this, but our customers appreciate it even more. It's nice to know your whole livelihood is gathered up and no longer sitting in the vulnerable field.