17 Jun A full house for the Misener’s
Rain may have halted harvest earlier this week, but for guest blogger Emma Misener the work still goes on. Family visits, trips to the dentist and routine harvest preparation still go on despite uncooperative weather.
Wow! It feels like forever since I last wrote. These past two weeks have been long hours and a lot of work, but what are we doing in this business if we didn’t like pressure and tons of stress. I am sure all of my fellow harvesters can relate.
The Misener family’s harvest started almost exactly as Dad had predicted; we started June 1in Gotebo, Okla., where we had about 2,500 acres. The wheat was good, running about 64 pounds per bushel, 10 to 12 percent moisture, and between 35 to 50 bushels per acre. We finished on June 7. Usually, when we’re around the Gotebo area, we have a thunderstorm; I think that was the first time, in at least 10 years, we have never had to stop because of rain. I guess that is one to write on the calendar.
June 8 we left Gotebo, Okla., drove our four combines and grain cart 40 miles to our next stop. The next stop was about 10 miles south of Elk City, Okla., where we got a good start on about 200 acres of wheat. Yesterday was a fantastic day. We harvested 400 acres of excellent wheat- 65.5 pounds, 11 percent moisture, and 50 bushels per acre. Today, we get a little bit of a break because the humidity is high and it is misting. We’re still doing our regular maintenance work; greasing, fueling, and windows are always the first thing to do every morning.
To be perfectly honest, Dad and I are thankful for a rainy day and the much needed break. It came at the perfect time too. Dad had to make a run to the dentist after he chipped his tooth. The dentist had to extract the tooth. God really does look out for you; better pulling a tooth on a rainy day than wasting a day of sunshine.
I almost forgot to mention that our two other helpers have arrived. The brother and sister team of Olivia and Joel Frietag, from Iowa, arrived on June 5. They have already learned to drive the combine and they already feel like family.
Speaking of family, my sister, Katie Crowley and her husband Tim, and four daughters, Clara, Lauren, Martha, and Evie, arrived late last night to visit for about a week. We had a full house when my sister Liz’s kids, Elizabeth and Leslie, came over to spent the night too. It just goes to show, you can take the girl out of the harvest, but you can’t take the harvest out of the girl. I will be looking forward to little passengers in the combines as soon as we can get back out to the field.
Be safe and God bless.
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