18 Jun Jenna: Good cutting, but broken truck
Yesterday and today were good cutting days. We’re no longer fighting green wheat and the weather has been hot and dry, so we’ve finally been able to really “go.” We’ve cut about 285 acres the past two days, which is pretty good for one machine, especially in terraced fields.
Last night, though, our grain truck broke down. A spring on the drive axel, which helps carry the load and keep the axels in line, broke. Dad was able to drive it to a repair shop in Elk City, Okla., which is about 70 miles away. I drove down there to pick him up so Mom could keep cutting. We didn’t get back to Seiling until around 2 a.m., but Dad and I did have a nice little chat about politics and combines on the way home.
Our air conditioner in the front of the trailer-house is still broken, too. Needless to say, it’s been a little toasty during the past 100 plus degree days.
We have about two days left of cutting here in Seiling. That is, “if nothing happens,” as Dad always says.
Jenna Zeorian can be reached at email@example.com. All Aboard 2009 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.