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Emma: Machines Are Humming

Wheat harvest for Misener Family Harvesters has officially started and it sure didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things.

Yesterday we drove three combines, tractor and grain cart, and two semis to our first stop on the 2012 trail. We started south of Elk City, Okla., and cut around 160 acres. Not too bad for our first day. The wheat averaged about 11 percent moisture, 61 pound test weight, and around 30 to 35 bushels per acre. Compared to last year, the wheat is considerably better, like night and day.

Our First Day!
Dan took this picture yesterday. The farmer is right behind us with the tractor working the field.

Yesterday was rather exciting as we had our first fire of the year. At the end of my header there is a pulley with a bearing in the middle. That bearing went out due to the fire, but I was quick to act and was able to put it out before it started any part of the field on fire. The fire was an intense moment, but thankfully not all moments in the field are that intense and we can also take a moment to have a chuckle, or two.

Vincent is back with the crew and in the past he has driven the combine. This year he is in the grain cart hauling from combines to trucks. We quit rather late last night and Vincent got confused as to which truck he was dumping in. He filled the front hopper on the first semi and the back hopper of the back semi. Let’s just say we gave him a hard time and had a good laugh at his expense. (All in good fun!) These are the times in the field I look forward to the most.

Last year’s drought was detrimental to farmers throughout the Midwest, and we’re still seeing some signs of drought as we move north. We may have had moisture in time to get a better wheat crop, but we are still in dire need of rain. We’ve only measured an inch this month, and typically May is our most active season. As much as I would like to stay in the field, we could really use a rain day or two.

I’m thankful we got rain when we did and the good news is – rain is forecast for tomorrow. I’m praying and crossing my fingers that the weather man is right.

Be safe out there, and God bless!

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  • Greg
    Posted at 09:36h, 20 May

    Enjoy your blog. I was wondering why your family has stuck with the 9600’s and not bought the newer models. Thanks I was just curious. Take care.

  • Tantumblogo
    Posted at 10:04h, 21 May

    I just noticed the same thing as Greg!

    Of course, were it me, and knowing the expense, I’d be inclined to run machinery as long as possible.

  • Joel
    Posted at 19:15h, 22 May

    Id have to say my favorite trip on harvest is the first haul to the first field. Disappointed i wasn’t able to make it this year. Looking forward to future posts.

  • Emma
    Posted at 10:51h, 23 May

    Greg- The main reason we run 9600 combines is because they’re paid for, and they run like a charm! We simply can’t afford to purchase 7 new machines to replace the 7 we have now. Just as you said Tantumblogo, if you don’t have a problem, don’t fix it! 🙂 Also, my Dad liked to run them because they are a walker machine, and he liked these better. I am, however, intrigued with the new John Deere S670 machines. They came out in Germany a couple years ago, if I remember correctly, and I’m excited that they’ve made their debut here in the USA.
    Joel- You should come out to visit us sometime during harvest, we could all use another laugh or two!

    Posted at 23:23h, 23 May

    Hey there Emma!!
    You know I have owned and ran combines for almost 50 years, well 49 to be exact..started farming on my own in 1963…’course my dad had combines and I was around them before that; but, ….from the 95/105’s thru the 6600’s, 7700’s, 8800’s, all the way up to 9600’s and 9610’s…..I firmly believe the 9610 is the all around best series of them all….’course it is really only a “glorifired” version of the 9600! I now have a 9660sts and am constantly trying to change settings on air, rotorary speed, concave , etc to obtain clean grain with no dock at elevator!! The 9600 and 9610 series was much easier to “set” than the newer sts will ever be!! Sooooo….power to you for staying with the old “tried and true” series!! And profitability wise , too! A few years back, maybe 3-5 years ago, I read that the “highest” percentage of any “group” filing bankruptcies was the custom harvestors!! Says a lot for buying the latest and staying up with the “joneses” doesn’t it? Anyway just a few thoughts to go along with your posts and wishing you a good season.
    God bless and keep you safe!!

  • Emma Misener
    Posted at 07:32h, 06 June

    Hey Bill!
    I always love reading what others stories are all about. Your story is similar to mine, but the first combines I remember having around is the 7700 series. As a little girl I remember hanging on the bar on either side of the chopper trying to do pull-ups! Of course this never worked because I had the strength of a field mouse back then, but it never hurt to try it out! We graduated from there all the way up to 9600’s and of course as you know, that’s where we found the cat’s cream!
    Thanks again, and God bless!