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Alva, Okla — As I mentioned in my first post of the 2016 season, I feel like I am finally where I belong! I am content with my life and and trusting God to know what is best me. One of these many blessings in my life came very unexpectedly. In February, my family and I went to a harvesters meeting. There I met a wonderful man whom now I cannot imagine my life without. David Begley works on a custom harvesting crew, but on the silage side of things. The chopping world is so different than the what harvest world, but we really are working for the same result: to harvest the crops that feed the world. He drives the truck along side their chopper and keeps the road hot between the field and the pit. His brother-in-law, Matthew, and sister, Rana, are the owners/operators of Zeller Harvesting Co. and are wonderful people. I got the chance to go see David on the harvest run near Alva, Oklahoma. Let me tell you, it was an experience I will never forget! Harvest for the Zellers start in April and ends in November. It is very similar to our harvest run. They cut grass in the summer and milo and corn in the fall.

Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

This was in the early morning the day I left to spend the day with David. God has a wonderful imagination.


Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

The truck became my home that day, riding along side the man at the wheel!

Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

The swather and the rake were working just ahead of the chopper. The chopper picks up the windrows and puts it into the trucks to haul to the pit at the farmer’s place.

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Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

One load right after the other! The chopper, unlike the combine, has no storage for what they pick up, so the truck has to be beside the chopper at all times.


Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

David being his usual happy self, enjoying his job while working hard and getting it done.

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Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

Just like combining, chopping is a very dirty and dusty job. The smell is a bit different because the moisture is still present in the crop, but the overall experience was very similar. I love harvest time!


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Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

We made it to the pit! A few more loads and this pit was full.

Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

David’s friend and coworker, Justin, runs the tractor. He moves and packs the pit to store as much as possible.


Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

This was the sky when traveling back at the end of the day. David said they got the job completed before the rain and were headed to Missouri the following morning. Great job, guys!


Emma: new horizons! Custom chopping

I’m gonna miss this guy! I really enjoyed my time with him and the experience I had. It’s easy to see why David and I get along so well. Our lifestyles are very similar. I have no doubt God put him in my life for a reason. I love you, David! I hope to see you again on the harvest run. I pray that this harvest season is a safe for all in the ag industry.

 

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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