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Freedom of choice

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.

Beauty.

See dad run.

See Dad run (the combine).

Blowin' dust.

Comin' in hot.

40 footer.

Notice anything larger here? We upgraded to a 40-foot header!

B&W.

B&W.

B&W.

Wheat love.

Oklahoma sky.

What a beautiful Oklahoma sky.

The great chase.

The great chase.

When you're in the line of fire and get covered in chaff.

When you’re in the line of fire and get covered in chaff.

All lined up.

All lined up, Purple and Farmer Mike’s semi.

Night thrashin.

Sunset.

Beating the sunset.

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

8 Comments
  • Anthony Barrett
    Posted at 19:05h, 10 June

    The 40′ head is nice. Any of your farmers asking for a stripper head yet? My Dad got on a few years ago for his no till and LOVES it. Happy harvesting.

  • Rita bennett
    Posted at 07:27h, 11 June

    Looks like you are back in the swing of harvest. Love following your crew. Feel all-time being there…maybe next year we can join you for a day or two.

  • Alvin Kleinsasser
    Posted at 07:57h, 11 June

    Thanks for the pictures ,they mean more than words . Keep them coming;)

  • Dan
    Posted at 10:40h, 11 June

    STEPH,
    YOU MAKE IT SEEM TOO GOOD.
    EVEN IN MY MID-80S, NEARLY 3/4THS OF A CENTURY AFTER MY LAST YEAR ON THE GLEANER TRAIL — YOU START THE URGE.

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 15:42h, 15 June

      Dan,
      I don’t have to make it seem too good, it truly is too good! I am certain I will be exactly the same way when I’m unable to be on harvest anymore. Thanks for following AAWH! 🙂

  • Harold House
    Posted at 10:46h, 12 June

    Question? Where you cutting this 40-50 bu wheat and good
    test weight Would like more yield and quality reports by
    actual locations Thanks

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 15:41h, 15 June

      We have been cutting around the Hobart/Lone Wolf area! I’ll be sure to include more of a location in my writing from now on. Thanks for following AAWH!

  • Tammi
    Posted at 04:59h, 15 June

    I love the pictures!!! Makes me anxious to join my family – soon!