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Elk City, Okla — Before harvest each year we pull the combines around to the shop doors and begin our inspections. This year the inspection and repair process has gone rather smooth. We did not have to do much of anything. We did the usual greasing, checking chains and belts, and cleaning the cab and windows. We also patched a few places to help strengthen where it was wearing thin, like the tailings elevator and the grain tank. We replaced a bearing or two and will fix an air conditioner that seems to have a mind of its own. All in all, it has been rather easy.  A few more days and we are ready for this year’s wheat harvest. The kids are a great help when it comes to the repair process. You are never too young to run for tools, use a wrench or clean the cab. I love the sense of accomplishment they feel when they finish the job. 

My sister, Liz, has come back to work this summer. I enjoy having her around. This also means that her two kids, Elizabeth and Leslie, come every day to help out too. They are home-schooled so their schedules are really easy to get along with. Also, my sister Katie’s kids regularly help out. It really is a family operation!

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(L to R) Liz, Elizabeth and Dan

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Dan and Leslie working together like always!

Be safe and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland AgricultureEmma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.

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