22 May Emma: Gearing up and itching to go
I still can’t quite believe it’s that time of year again – wheat harvest. It’s the time of year for triple digit temperatures, constant wind and a thunderstorm or two.
This past week rain has come, but the three inches isn’t near enough. Granted, we’ll take what we can get when you can get it. Some rain is better than no rain.
I was blessed to be a part of the All Aboard tour last year and was able to share my family with all of you. This year, however, has been a challenge for Misener Family Harvesters. The drought isn’t the only tragedy we’ve faced, but the untimely death of my father, Ron who passed away December 7, 2010. This was not only a shocking loss to us, but all that knew him. He was always bright-eyed and bushy tailed, and ready to face a day. He will be missed.
March 8th, 1949 – December 7th 2010
Since Dad’s passing we’ve not only had normal challenges that we in the custom harvesting business experience, but have other challenges added to our plates. His shoes need to be filled, but those are mighty big shoes to fill. We are managing and I can only come to one conclusion why. Dad is with us.
He had a passion for the custom harvesting lifestyle. He always said, “it’s not a job when you love what you do – and it’s what I love to do. It’s a way of life.”
His enthusiasm hasn’t left us and that passion he has instilled in us is evident in how we’ve managed to pick up and keep going. He would want us to carry on and do what we all love which is harvesting.
Part of our carrying on is getting back to doing the things we’ve always done to prepare for harvest. We’ve been doing some preventative maintenance on our own machines, and machines for a few farmers in our area. We ready them for the start of wheat harvest by checking bearings, walker blocks, chopping knives and feeder chains. We also do some of the simple things like checking guards, sections, belts and chains; changing engine and hydraulic oil, greasing, and cleaning out the cabs.
These combines are our offices, so it’s important that they are clean and efficient – so that we can be as well.
When we get a new crew member – who may not see the point of waxing the combine – we give them a hard time. We say, “imagine it’s a $200,000 Ferrari, but two of them.”
It seems to put things into perspective, and gives them a little extra motivation.
Dan and Joel painting rims to go on my combine.
Joel, Dave and Thad mounting tires on my combine with the newly painted rims Dan had finished the previous day.
Thad is from Nebraska and joined our crew in April. Joel is from Iowa and worked for us last year. We’ll also have Abby from Washington joining us at the end of the month. She’ll be working for us periodically throughout the summer. Abby has been with our crew off and on for four years.
Alexander even had a few repairs of his own to take care of!
We started last week moving things to our first stop in Gotebo, Okla. Dave and Dan have moved the combines, tractor, grain cart and support equipment. In a few days we’ll start taking the campers over. As usual plans have not exactly gone as planned. Our first farmer says that his wheat is still around 17 percent moisture. We expected to be harvesting by Friday, but due to the cooler temperatures and rain our harvest start will be delayed.
Tractor and grain cart ready and loaded waiting to go to Gotebo: our first stop.
Ready to head south loaded on our signature green trucks. Maybe you’ll see us on the road. You’ll know it’s us when you see us-the only crew that drive sea green vehicles.
Dan took this picture. One of the fields we’ll be in looks about ready.
I’m looking forward to this harvest and all that will come with it. I’m excited to be posting on the blog and introducing you to my family, and our crew, and what being a custom harvester is all about. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all gearing up and itching to go.
Be Safe out there, and God bless!
Emma can be reached at email@example.com. All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.
TZPosted at 08:48h, 23 May
Ron is DEFINITELY missed! But, when I look at your pictures and see the work that’s continuing, it’s almost as though he wasn’t gone. I’m so proud of all you Miseners and how you’ve picked up and continued! Ron is beaming, I’m sure! It will be fun to follow you on a daily basis this year and I hope we can “run” into you somewhere along the route! Change is ALWAYS hard and I’m sure you’ve felt that pain a lot this spring! Best of luck to you this 2011 harvest and….let’s be careful out there!
Emma MisenerPosted at 11:47h, 23 May
I hope we run into you too! It sure would be memorable!
Praying that you’ll have a great harvest as well.
husseinPosted at 10:22h, 24 May
i am sorry about your father death , i will prayer for him.
MareikePosted at 09:55h, 25 May
Oh Emma, I think it’s great you’re blogging from your tour. I hope to read from you as often as possible 🙂
Say hi to your family…!!! I miss all of you!
Crazy Aunt LisaPosted at 22:09h, 25 May
I get to thinking we are strong, and then I read and see the pictures and I cry like a baby. I’m so proud, so sad, so happy, so mad… Just can’t say all that this feeling holds, and then I’m brought back to shame, because I cannot even come close to feeling what all of you feel, especially my Krisy. I’m so proud that she is breathing in, and breathing out, putting the left foot in front of the right, and armored with her love and belief of the Blessed mother and God. She is a good and faithful servant as always. Thinking of all around her and putting herself second. I love all of you and look forward to being a part of this journey here on your blog. Know my prayers are storming heaven for your behalf.