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Over a Million Loaves

Over a Million Loaves

Jet, Okla. – The bread count has officially hit the million-loaf threshold!! It only took two stops, how cool is that?

Our little “dark cloud” that seems to find us here in Jet is officially back. We aren’t normally superstitious people but this is something that has stood the test of time. We have now been coming to Jet for 28 years. Here are a few things that have broken down:

  • Back in our John Deere days, we had two walkers go out in two days.
  • The same service truck we have now went for a swim in a ditch that was deeper than it appeared and water went into the intake and locked up the cylinder (basically, the engine drowned).
  • A truck slid off into a ditch due to a slimy dirt road.
  • One of our hired hands popped a clutch and twisted a driveshaft on a truck.

In my last post, I mentioned that we had a rotor belt go out on one of our combines. The new belt was delivered and replaced, easy peasy. When we got started yesterday morning, Dad wasn’t combining for a half hour when he started hearing ticking from under the cab in the feeder house. He drove the big yellow baby to the end of the field where we flipped up the wings and tried to remain in denial as long as possible when we figured out the source of the ticking.

Denial can only last so long until the truth must be realized; the feeder house bearing had gone out. Now you may be asking, “Steph, what is the big deal with this?” Well, let me tell you. When the feeder house bearing goes out, you not only have to unhook the header from the combine but you also have to remove the entire feeder house from the frame of the combine. Peter and Dad have been busy with that for the last couple days and will be for another day or so until we locate all the parts we need and it finally gets put back together. We also had the steel plates underneath the belt on both sides of one of our MacDon headers break so once the combine is fixed, Peter and Dad will move on to that. Until then, Brandon is driving the other combine and I am solo trucker, switching each load between Purple and Maverick. Test weights are still 61/62 pounds and the moisture has been consistent at 10 percent.

Bottom line to this whole tale is this; no two days are alike. No two days ever will be alike and that’s what makes harvest as addictive as it is and always will be. It’s what keeps us coming back for more year after year. I still get asked all the time if I wish I could stay home for a summer and my answer is still the same – nope! The real question is will I EVER wish to stay home for a summer?

Bread Count – 1,049,401.9 loaves

All lined up.

Wheat.

If it's in black and white, it doesn't look so bad right?

The feeder house removed from the combine to work on the bearing. If it’s in black and white, it doesn’t look so bad right?

Unloading into Maverick.

Bird's eye view.

Bird’s eye view.

Quite obsessed with how this turned out.

The windmill photos return and I am quite obsessed with how this turned out.

Sunset love.

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

10 Comments
  • Todd Reinart
    Posted at 21:32h, 13 June

    That is one of the best sun set photo’s I’ve ever seen.

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 08:11h, 17 June

      Wow, thank you for the compliment!

  • Rita Bennett
    Posted at 08:15h, 14 June

    Beautiful windmill picture.

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 08:10h, 17 June

      Thank you, Rita!

  • DHS
    Posted at 08:27h, 14 June

    Enjoy reading your harvest stories and experience. Keep it up.

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 08:10h, 17 June

      Thank you! And I certainly will keep it up. 🙂

  • Dan McGrew, now of North Carolina
    Posted at 08:29h, 14 June

    Steph,
    Your windmill photo should go into everyone’s library of great photos.
    I carried a 4 inch X 5 inch Century Graphic press camera, 2.25 X 2.25 Rolleiflex and Retina 2-A 35 mm cameras with me across the Wheat Belt, High Mountain hay harvests and travels across the entire west in my teens and 20s.Used those and many other cameras producing dozens of community and farm papers — and never came close to that windmill photo. And I won a lot of photo awards.
    But never came close to that classic of yours. Your photos have gotten better and better over the years, beautifully and technically supporting your written words.
    For a shy Irish girl, Steph is doing good!!

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 08:11h, 17 June

      Thank you, Dan!

  • Trevor Anderson
    Posted at 19:45h, 18 June

    Hi Steph, really like the blog. Refreshing to see an honest account not just the positive highlights, and the pictures look stunning! I was just wondering how you worked out the loaf count? The last time I did it in the UK we calculated that we were doing 1,000,000 per combine per day…. Think you might be selling yourself a bit short!

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 13:21h, 19 June

      Hi Trevor, thank you for checking out the AAWH blog! I’m glad that you enjoy it and can relate it to your own experiences. As for the bread count calculations, I used the equation that 1 bushel of wheat gets you 42 one-pound loaves of bread with the amount of flour that one bushel produces. The test weights vary so much so I wanted to use a basic equation to get my outcome. There are many ways to do it, though!