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“We just wanna work!”

“We just wanna work!”

 Our journey has ended in one sense but has only just begun in another. Osowski Ag Service rolled into the city limits of Hobart, Oklahoma, around noon yesterday, which completed our initial trip down but means we can finally get started harvesting! Without a minute to spare, we “threw” the camper into its spot at the campground and headed straight to the field. There were a few instances in the whole “straight” to the field part where I had to peel Dad away from different people from town he wanted to sit and gab all day long with, but my persistence won out each time. I tell you what, that guy is so dang social. However, when you harvest in a town for almost 30 years, everyone welcomes you back like family. Brandon and I just couldn’t wait to get back to work! The suspense was too much to bear.

We had what we thought was going to be quite the mechanical issue today. Brandon was making the first round of the field and all of a sudden, the combine came to a halt. We’d had an instance like this before and ended up needing to replace the transmission, so that was our first thought, as dark of a thought as it was. However, after making a few phone calls and taking a gander into the owner’s manual, we discovered a wire from the hydraulic motor had rubbed and was showing. Dad quickly put a connector on the wire and we were back up and running in no time!

As for our yields for today, we were a little bit scattered across the board. Yields were anywhere from 15 to 45 bushels per acre. The last field of the night before we shut down was consistently 40 though, so hopefully the fields will continue to progress from here on out. Test weights were around 60 pounds consistently.

Quote of the Day“He has the personality of a woodtick.”

Hello there, Oklahoma.

Hello there, Oklahoma.

A funny little anecdote from this morning: We were all getting saddled up in our respective rig for the duration of the trip to Hobart when Brandon says on the radio, “Mother Nature must have washed my windows for me, they are so clean!” Without missing a beat, Dad responds with, “Actually that would be me who washed your windows. All those bugs on there were driving me nuts.” I promise you that this whole “Mother Nature washing my windows” thing will be a long-running joke.

Getting ready to unload the header!

Dad getting the header ready to be unloaded.

A little teamwork going on with mom and dad.

A little teamwork.

Our very first wheat of the 2015 harvest going in!!

First round!!

First round of harvest 2015!

Meeting of the minds - Dad, Farmer Mike and Brandon

Meeting of the minds on the end of the field: Dad, Farmer Mike and Brandon.

A little technical issue.

A little technical issue.

We had a wire rub through today that thankfully was a simple fix; just needed a connector end.

Thankfully, a connector was the solution.

Cleaning out Purple extra good before she gets loaded.

Cleaning out Purple extra well before she gets loaded up!

Lone Wolf water tower. We haul to the elevator there!

Water tower in Lone Wolf, the town we haul to.

Dad coming through the dust.

Dad coming through the dust—turned out so cool!

Feels great to be back in the field!

Finishing up a round.

Scale ticket from Lone Wolf.

Scale ticket from today.

Also, quick shout-out to Dennis from Anthony, Kansas! We were both in line getting some nutritious supper at McDonald’s and he kindly told me that he recognized me and Purple coming through town and that he enjoys reading All Aboard.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. You can contact Steph at stephanie@allaboardharvest.com.

8 Comments
  • Larry Rusco
    Posted at 15:11h, 08 June

    Great to see you on the harvest road again. As a former farm boy from Kansas, it brings back old memories in the wheat field. love your pictures. Keep up the good work.

    • Phil Kline
      Posted at 18:17h, 08 June

      Steph,

      Nce to see your journal for 2015. I sure would like to meet your family on a harvest some time. It is on my bucket list.
      Phil

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 18:36h, 08 June

    Glad to see you folks made it safe & sound , Did the Hobart area get any of that crazy rain like Elk City ? Keep the header in the wheat!!!

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 08:03h, 10 June

      Thank you! It’s always a trek to get down here but worth it every single time. Hobart didn’t get as much rain as Elk City, the rain they received this spring was a little more intermittent. The crops are doing good and everyone seems to be grateful for the rain they received all over Oklahoma/Texas!

  • Polly osowski
    Posted at 20:57h, 09 June

    Glad you got there safe and had a good trip,keep up the good work,love you

  • Hope Hancock
    Posted at 22:01h, 18 June

    Hey! My scale ticket! It was nice to meet you, Steph. I absolutely love the blog! Keep in touch and safe travels.

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 22:32h, 19 June

      Your handwriting is gonna make the big time. It was great to meet you too, wish we would have had more time to hang out outside the scale house. Let me know if your travels ever take you to North Dakota! Absolutely keep in touch 🙂