10 Jun Freedom of choice
Some would say a routine is hard to get into. When it comes to the harvest routine, there is nothing more familiar to Osowski Ag Service. Actually, come to think of it, we have all made comments about how it feels we never really left Hobart! Time sure does have a way of getting away on a human.
Dad asked Farmer Mike, “So which field do you want us to go to next?” We are spoiled at this stop because the fields are all across the road from one another, a harvester’s dream. Farmer Mike responded, “Don’t really matter, they all gotta be cut anyway!” Nothing like a little freedom of choice, even if it just means crossing the road to the east or the west.
We may have had freedom of choice in picking fields, but one thing is for certain—you do not get to choose when the combine wants to break down. The last couple of harvest days have been the kind where little things have been giving us trouble on the combine: a sickle blade here, an O-ring there. Just piddly stuff most of the time, but then there’s all that electronic business that sometimes even Brandon can’t figure out (he’s our computer guru). And on both combines! Our farmer drives his own combine along with ours, making it a big green and yellow party. Yes, John Deere and New Holland can harvest peacefully in the same field, believe it or not. 🙂 The wheat has been yielding between 40 and 50 bushels per acre with test weights consistently at 60 to 61 pounds. No complaints from us!
Last night when the dust had settled (pun completed intended), Dad and I were reliving the day’s ups and downs and there is one thing we both agreed on. Yes, days when things don’t go your way can be stressful and tiring. However, those are the days that make this business so addictive. You know the clock is ticking and you are under the gun to make sure everything runs smoothly again without the consequence of too much downtime. Every day is unpredictable and there’s nothing you can do but roll with the punches! And we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Stuff Harvesters Like—Sparkly clean windows you can see yourself in.
See Dad run (the combine).
Notice anything larger here? We upgraded to a 40-foot header!
What a beautiful Oklahoma sky.
The great chase.
When you’re in the line of fire and get covered in chaff.
All lined up, Purple and Farmer Mike’s semi.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. You can contact Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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