12 Jun Steph: First day of cutting!
After two and a half days of traveling, I can happily tell you we have made it to our first stop in Hobart, Okla. Brandon and I were discussing how even though the days of traveling are long, we’re so used to the trip that it seems to go faster and faster every year.
When we make the trip south, we always make sure to take our duals off the combine in order to make traveling easier. Having the duals on adds almost three feet more to our already oversized load. Last year, I wrote about how we had our duals put on by the John Deere dealership in town. We were hoping for the same kind of service this year and I was appointed to call and see if it would be possible to fit us in ASAP. They remembered “them Osowski’s” from the previous year and said they would make time for us. I’m sure it was difficult for them though, having yellow iron pull into their green lot.
Once the duals were securely put back on, Brandon roaded the combine to the field with Dad and I following close behind in the service truck with the header in tow. Even though we were tired from the hours we spent on the road, nothing makes a harvester happier than being able to get started right away when you get to a stop. If there’s a lull, we tend to get out of the rhythm of things so it is easier to stay constantly busy. Our yield ranged between 10-22 bushels per acre, which is what our farmer Mike anticipated due to the 4 freezes that stormed through the area in April.
Spring up home was pretty much nonexistent. We had cool and rainy weather ever since the snow melted in early March. This being said, the 101 degree temperature that greeted us was beyond a pleasant surprise. I am already sunburnt and do not even care in the slightest. We are all just happy to see the sun!
The very useful fork operator man.
One dual on, one dual off!
Brandon assists the John Deere mechanics with the duals.
The mechanics no doubt trying to persuade us to trade for a green one.
Brandon and one of the mechanics having a little chit chat.
Farmer Mike and Dad looking on as the combines make dust.
The sun sets on our first day of cutting for harvest 2013!
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta. You can contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org