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The famous Purple

The famous Purple

St. Francis, Kansas—If you were to ask me about my surroundings today, I would be able to tell you that I could see Colorado from our field. It’s rather ironic because we were in a field that we refer to as the “crater field” because of its location in between some hills that are fit for a John Wayne movie and in the open field we are in now, I can see for miles!

Dad and I were shuffling equipment to a more trucker-friendly approach when a van drove by the field at a slower pace than to be expected. This van drove by going north and then shortly after was retracing its steps and coming back south, right toward Dad. I wish I could have seen my facial expressions while I was watching this because I was ultimately confused at what was happening in front of me. The man driving the van proceeded to stop the van and approach Dad and then started making wild gestures in my/Purple’s direction.

My first thought was “Boy, we must be in trouble for something by the looks of this.” My curiosity got the best of me, so I hopped out of Purple and walked toward them to see what was going on. Once within earshot, I heard the man from the van (that’s pretty catchy, isn’t it?) say how he “saw Purple and knew that was her!” This man, along with his wife, follows All Aboard Wheat Harvest and is traveling throughout the summer to check out the wheat harvest. They were such a nice couple! Brandon took him for a round in the combine while I chatted with his wife. Also, he would like to help out a crew if they are in need of an extra hired hand, so if you’re reading this and that is the case, I know a guy.

Since we don’t have a grain cart with us on the harvest run, there are times when we have to improvise. The fields have been both dry and flat enough that Dad and I can drive our trucks alongside the combine and Brandon can unload on the go. The wheat we have been throwing in the hopper lately has been from 30 bushels to 60 bushels per acre with test weights between 60 to 63 pounds. All it takes is to cross the road to a crop that maybe got a few less inches of rain that can mean the difference between a good and poor crop.

Quote of the Day“On a scale of 1 to a waterpark, how much fun are you having right now?”

Stuff Harvesters Like—Watching storm clouds surround your field and float right on by, not dropping an ounce of rain on you.

Beautiful scenery.

 

 

Ready to come down the hill.

Quite a steep slope to the field!

Quite a steep slope to the field!

Wildflowers.

Took the opportunity to take some cool shots with the field down below!

Brandon and I took the opportunity to take some fun photos above the “crater” field.

Toy combine.

What's on my head?

Something on my head?

The "crater" field.

Combine.Moved on to our organic farmer.

Brandon.Pretty wheat.

Purple getting a load.What a view.

At the bin.

Unloading at the bins in Farmer Bob’s yard.

Unloading time.

Sunset chit-chats.

Mom and Dad, having a little sunset chat.

Some neat clouds.

What a background!Sunset love.

Unloading on the go.

 

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

10 Comments
  • Sharon Drake
    Posted at 18:18h, 12 July

    Thanks for the fun pictures. I think last year you did a similar picture.
    Glad the folks were friendly. I was afraid they would be anti farm people. phew!!
    Glad all is good. Very windy here,hot and looks like will be all week,but this is summer in Kansas.
    From south central Kansas Sharon Drake 7/12/15

  • Brady Phelps
    Posted at 18:54h, 12 July

    Awesome stuff steph!!! Seems like yesterday I was on harvest, nothing like see in the bin full beacons on a cool dark Oklahoma night!!!! Except for the fact that a whole different variety of bugs come out after the sun goes down!!!! Ewww!

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 12:29h, 14 July

      Once you go on harvest once, it’s in your blood! Glad to see you have found my blog to keep an eye on us and those bugs you speak of? They are alive and thriving…haha

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 19:24h, 12 July

    Super pic’s , Steph. I can see for miles. A little music trivia I can see for miles was a big hit for the Who in 1967. Check it out on You Tube. Purple is a classic grain hauler just like the Z Crews Frank!!
    Work Safe

    • Jim schneller
      Posted at 09:40h, 13 July

      hello from the “van” travellers! As for the quote of the day we r off the scale. Who needs a water park when you have the sky and horizon as far as you can see, calling come be a part of me! Crossed paths with a crew a man short unfortunately due to a family illness sending all prayers for that, so we were able to take a quick trip down to texas and step in. It is good to know that what started as our following a harvest dream will help someone else. Thank you so much for your kindness and visit.

      We r just amazed at it all. Your a great gal !

      • Steph Osowski
        Posted at 12:27h, 14 July

        We were happy to have you at the field, even though it was only for a short time! Meeting people like you makes harvest that much better. I’m glad you found a crew to work for, you will have such a great experience! I’m sure they are grateful someone like you came along. Enjoy your time and if you feel compelled to, feel free to shoot me an email to let me know how it goes for you! Best, Steph 🙂

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 12:27h, 14 July

      Thanks, Tom! 🙂

  • Jerry
    Posted at 09:11h, 13 July

    When I was on cutting crew we once cut a farmer’s field that was so steep we refused to fill the bins for fear of tipping over. We broke a Bull gear on one of the combines and had to limp it to the bottom for repairs. Each time the crack in the drive gear would line up with the wheel it would free-fall until it reached the other side again.
    Once to the bottom it took days to get a replacement gear. By then the rattlesnakes had discovered the cool shade from the combine in the stubble. We had to chase them away repeatedly while doing our repairs.

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 12:27h, 14 July

      Thank you for sharing your memories, Jerry! 🙂

  • Jim schneller
    Posted at 09:39h, 13 July

    hello from the “van” travellers! As for the quote of the day we r off the scale. Who needs a water park when you have the sky and horizon as far as you can see, calling come be a part of me! Crossed paths with a crew a man short unfortunately due to a family illness sending all prayers for that, so we were able to take a quick trip down to texas and step in. It is good to know that what started as our following a harvest dream will help someone else. Thank you so much for your kindness and visit.

    We r just amazed at it all. Your a great gal !