10 Aug Megan: Home Stretch
Hemingford, Neb. – After three weeks of cutting, waiting on wet wheat, moving across multiple counties and dodging rain, Roland Harvesting is FINALLY in the home stretch of home harvest. On Tuesday, we were able to complete our harvest run in Chadron, making it the longest stretch of time we have ever been there! Usually we pull into Chadron and are able to have the entire stop cut out before we even begin harvest at home. This year we were hung up there due to green wheat and tons of rain. Luckily we were able to shuffle combines and trucks around to back home, about 30 miles away, so we could keep busy.
With the last few sunshine-filled days drying things out we were also able to finish our final fields west of Hemingford, meaning 2013 home wheat harvest is officially done! We still have a few fields of peas to knock out at home but it looks like the TR 98 and CR 9060 can get them all harvested in a day or two. In the meantime, we are in the midst of moving home all of our equipment, blowing it off, cleaning it up, and loading it onto the trailers. We plan to leave for our next stop near Dickinson, North Dakota tomorrow with the CR 8090, CR 9070 and grain cart. However, this move means another split for the Roland Harvesting crew. Mom and Dad will stay at home to finish up the peas then will head to Worland, Wyoming in a couple of days to harvest malting barley with their combine.
Fun fact: When unloading on the truck, you should always do so on the opposite side of the tarp, so you don’t risk damaging the tarp and so you can see better. These windows are only located on this side as well.
So here’s the funny part about this picture, look closely. The bottom right window is actually missing. After bringing the truck back from the elevator one of truckers was walking around the rig and noticed the rubber seal to be torn and the window gone. On this particular day we were very busy and had all three combines up and running. We needed every one of our trucks to keep up with the high volume of wheat we were cutting. With this mishap putting us in a bind, Dad quickly took the trailer to our shop and made a make-shift cover with wood and bolts. It was enough to keep grain from spilling out of the trailer so it worked for us!
Left: Uh-oh, no window! It’s a good thing we found this before we started unloading grain into the trailer again. Middle: Our “quick fix” that let us continue to use the trailer. Right: Ten days later we finally were able to get the window replaced. Thank you to ACR Glass of Alliance for helping us out!
I have been waiting ALL summer long to finally get a photo of all 3 combines in the field together…and here it is! Of course, the wind was blowing a million miles an hour and a storm was headed our way, but, by golly, I finally got it.
The ’98 making another round as we lose our last bit of daylight. We had to stop cutting shortly after dark due to the buckwheat and tough straw. We came back the next morning and finished the field before lunch.
All Aboard Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and Syngenta. Megan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.