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Steph: Floatin’ around

When we are harvesting at home, there is always someone in the crew who is the ‘floater’. The floater doesn’t have a specific piece of machinery to run. They get to supervise, so to speak. Since our machines are split up yet again, it gives freedom to be able to go from field to field if things go wrong. Normally this floater is Dad since he is the most useful when it comes to fixing and problem solving. However today, it was me who got to be floater. I was honored to be given such an opportunity. Here’s how my day went down.

We have had a Gleaner demo out with us the past week to help us keep up so I had to go to the farm and get the header trailer for it since it was going back that day. From there, I went to help shift equipment to the next field. Once things got going, I jumped in the grain cart with my Grandpa Bob, who helps us at home, to get some good shots of all the action. I got in as a passenger and not long after was made operator because Grandpa got sent to the other field to help with a broken air conditioner (we also borrowed a Case from a fellow harvester friend and that’s the machine that the AC broke in). Soon after, Dad had me jump in his combine so he could go to the end and talk to our farmer. My Grandpa Bob came back saying that the air conditioner could not be fixed so Dad told me to go be a ‘nice sister’ and run that combine (which my brother had been driving) to give him a break. That ended up being the worst part of the day since I had to drive with the door open and chaff flying in the cab to maintain a decent temperature along with my sanity.

Wowza, that was a lot to take in. That was my day.

Harvest Tip: Being versatile pays off.

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Do you think Dad’s full enough?

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He spilt over the tip-tops so he had to clean up his mess.

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Grandpa Bob poses outside his rig.

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Our two New Hollands cutting together at last.

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Do you think there are enough vehicles on the end? All the truckers drive out seperately.

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Another full hopper which is to be expected in 80 bushel wheat.

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  • hussein
    Posted at 15:57h, 09 August

    hi , i am hussein from iraq , i wanna ask you about the tractor that your grand. ride ….. , year of made , the price for it in u.s.a ….
    thank you.

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 18:05h, 14 August

      Hello, our tractor is a 1995 and we got it used but they would be around $60,000 brand new.

  • Megan Roland
    Posted at 23:47h, 10 August

    Steph, I couldn’t help but get a big hearty laugh out of this post! I can completely relate and those days are more chaotic and exciting than you could ever put into words. We’ve adopted the term “MVP” for our “floaters.” They’re/we’re the glue to keep it all together right?! 🙂

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 18:00h, 14 August

      It is so very true, what would those boys do without us in the fields?! Us girls have to keep em all in line. I sure wish we could have found time to meet up this summer sometime. We were so close to each other some stops! I loved your last post, everything you said clicked with us as well. Enjoy your last year of college and hope the rest of your harvest goes well and SAFE! 🙂

  • Megan Roland
    Posted at 00:25h, 16 August

    Yep, us girls pick up a lot of slack for those boys huh? 😉 And ah I know, I’m so sad we weren’t able to meet up either. But harvest just seemed extra busy and chaotic this year. I guess we can blame it on the early start to everything. Thanks for the kudos on my post! I certainly enjoyed your writing throughout the summer and always found your stories so relatable. Best of luck to you this year at college and hopefully our paths cross sometime in the near future! 🙂