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Sage: Keep on Truckin’

Sage: Keep on Truckin’

Floydada, Texas- We are back in full swing, or trying to be at least.  The biggest problem lately has been trucking issues.  Personally my Peterbilt had issues, so I had to take it to Lubbock this morning and sat there from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  It was fairly uneventful, but I was able to catch up on my sporting knowledge thanks to ESPN.

Both yesterday and today we had to stop the combines because our trucks weren’t able to keep up.  We had about a 30-mile haul, one way, and the elevator was busy, so the combines had to stop periodically.  Our combine and grain cart operators were able to catch a little afternoon snooze while all the trucks were out, something fairly rare to witness in the field.

After we moved to a different field about 5:00 p.m. tonight, our issues went out the window.  We started hauling to an elevator that was only six miles from the field, and I was happy because I didn’t have to back my truck in (because of the large stacks on the Pete).

The wheat harvest is almost done here in Floydada, and the farmers are pretty happy.  What I personally saw as a little above average crop, has risen to a pretty decent crop.  Overall I would say that the average in the area is about 35 to 45 bushels per acre.

A couple more days and we will be out of here, so I am off to bed so I can get a few hours of sleep before morning rolls around.

Dumping
Craig cautiously finishes dumping on my truck

Waiting to dump
The combines patiently wait until the grain cart is empty before they dump and move to a new field

Sage Sammons can be reached at sage@allaboardharvest.com. All Aboard 2010 Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

1Comment
  • Rudi
    Posted at 13:16h, 20 June

    Very much enjoy your blog. I too was a harvester in 1966,67 and 68 things were a bit different but not so much. The machines are bigger today but the lifestyle sounds much the same. We had 5 Masseys and 5 trucks along with two pickups a bunkhouse and the bosses housetrailer. Enjoy the time it will be history before you can turn around.