08 Aug One of those days
Hemingford, Neb. – No matter what type of work you do, every day has it’s ups and downs. But we’ve all had those days that are just plain miserable and continue to get worse and worse while quitting time seems to drift farther away. Roland Harvesting recently had one of those downright awful days that was so terrible it lasted overnight and into the next morning.
Since Ashley and I are no longer on the harvest trail it’s very common to receive family group texts. Sometimes they’re of funny crew pictures, beautiful sunsets, or horrible breakdowns. The process keeps us in the loop of harvest and we truly empathize with anything that occurs.
This particular day was an extremely long day of work for myself at the hospital. Upon walking out of work I checked my phone and noticed an extensive group message I had been missing out on. My jaw dropped as soon as I began scrolling through the pictures. Although the following photos are only of cell phone quality, I figured they are worth sharing with you all to help illustrate the story.
Dad was in the combine across the field so he stopped to talk the grain cart operator through the process of getting it out. As soon as Dad lost momentum he felt the combine start to lean to the right and he knew he was in trouble.
Luckily, the tractor was able to pull out the grain cart. Since this all transpired at dusk, Dad decided it was better to wait until morning to get the combine out in daylight so nothing would be damaged in the process. Mom, Dad, and the crew said it was a restless night filled with lots of fretting, tossing, and turning.
The crew began digging out around the tires using hand shovels and a
mini excavator. They also dug the mud out from under the clean grain elevator and the cleaning fan. This was done to prevent tearing up the underside of the combine as it was pulled out.
A few hundred bucks and 12 hours later the combine was FINALLY pulled out! It was certainly a group effort to get ‘er done. Thankfully, the combine remained damage free throughout the entire ordeal. The mud hole filled with over a foot of water after the combine was removed!
A children’s book by Judith Viorst summarizes perfectly: “It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” Roland Harvesting is glad to have this kind of day behind us and feels blessed to have had a positive outcome. Here’s to a mud-free future for the rest of harvest! Oh, and in case anyone is wondering… In 35 years of harvest this is the WORST Dad has ever been stuck!
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