24 Jul Emma: Keeping Busy and Happy to be Moving
For the past week we have been getting up around 4:30 to 5 o’clock in the morning so that we can beat the heat of the day. We take a two hour break around 2 p.m. and head to bed around 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. This schedule makes for very log days, but I am rather excited to be moving north.
Oklahoma harvest this year was nil, and our Texas harvest was poor. I am excited to see what South Dakota will bring. Even though harvest is in full swing we really haven’t left home base, so now we prepare for the move. This means we have to prepare the camper and cargo trailer, and parking and organizing things in the shop. We also have things to do like cleaning house, covering everything with sheets, turn off the water, mow the lawn one last time, etc., we are busy! When you are gone four to six months of the year things need to be locked up.
Our farmers near Gregory, S.D., are hoping to be in the field within two weeks. It sounds like they had plenty of rain during the growing season, so my hopes are high to cut some decent wheat. At the beginning of the year farmers in that area were concerned because it had not rained and the fall crops were terrible last year because of drought. Hopefully things are starting to turn around. It may not be a bumper wheat crop, but anything has to be better than what we have seen so far.
The tentative plan is to get up early tomorrow, around 4 a.m., to beat the heat on the roads. With a 10-hour move in front of us the last thing we need is hot tires, then blown tires. I am praying for a safe and uneventful trip.
See you on the road! Be safe and God bless!
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta
Emma can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.