06 Aug From Nebraska to North Dakota
Hemingford, Nebraska/Dickinson, North Dakota—Home harvest is slowly beginning to wrap up. In addition to the last of our wheat, my parents have several hundred acres of peas to finish harvesting. We’ve been plugging away but the last week has been filled with many breakdowns. In Brandon’s CR we are currently waiting on a pulley for the rotor drive, which means we can’t push the machine to its max. If we do, we end up plugging the rotors, which shuts us down for 15 to 20 minutes to unplug the slug. We continue to “baby” this combine until we get the correct parts in to fix it.
Meanwhile, Dad’s machine that had engine failure in Oklahoma earlier this summer continues to give us problems. It was returned five weeks ago and is still not performing as it should. Last week, Tim, a mechanic from our home town dealer (Alliance Tractor), spent several hours in our combine with a laptop downloading data on the engine performance. This ongoing engine problem is rather frustrating as the machine lacks horsepower, which drastically hurts our performance.
On July 26, Roland Harvesting made a split and sent part of the crew near Dickinson, North Dakota. Tiny and Joel left a day early to drop off a combine and header. They unloaded everything and headed back to Nebraska for the second combine. The next morning Brandon and Justin hit the road with the grain cart, service truck and grain trailer. Mom and I followed them with the pickup and camper. The trip went without a hitch until we hit a tremendous thunderstorm south of Buffalo, South Dakota. After calling it a night there, we made it to Dickinson, North Dakota, the following morning. Mom and I set up the camper, loaded it with groceries and zipped back to Nebraska to help Dad with the last of home harvest.
The following photos are from my time spent at home.
When the side hatch of the combine is open, it means either the machine is “broke down” or maintenance work is being done. In this case, Dad was checking the rotors that have been giving us grief lately.
After playing in the mud for weeks Brandon gave his combine a badly needed bath. Doesn’t she look all squeaky clean?
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