Megan:Back into ripe wheat

To our luck, Mother Nature has decided to cooperate with us lately. A couple days ago we moved north to the Great Bend and Hoisington, Kan. area where we were able to pick up a little work from an old-time friend and customer, which was greatly appreciated. The wheat was ripe enough to begin cutting, to our relief. Things went well there and we were able to finish up in a timely fashion. The wheat in that area was yielding about 30 to 40 bushels per acre. The only complication we had was an accidental run-in with some old deer antlers. The antlers literately pierced through the steering tire and we had to take it to town to patch it up. Who would have guessed that something as harmless as a buck shedding his antlers in a field could cause us a whole afternoon of grief!

Yesterday we moved near Hays, Kan. and were able to begin harvesting there as well. However, we got sprinkled out in the afternoon but hope to get started up again soon.

Great Bend
All lined up in Great Bend, Kan. before we unloaded

Antler in tire
Deer antlers pierced into the steering tire on Dad’s combine.

Flashback: I am starting something new and would like to periodically share some of our harvest memories from over the years. Through stories and old photos I hope you all enjoy our “blast to the past.”

Today’s Flashback:

Tire in 1983
With the tire incident we recently encountered, I think I found an appropriate match up on a TR70 from the summer of 1983. At that time, some defective rims had been accidentally distributed from the wheel suppliers to the combine manufacturer.

Tire in 1983
Who’s worried about losing their marbles when you’re losing tires off your combine?!

Megan Roland is the newest member of All Aboard. She can be reached at All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

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