15 Jun 48 Terraces
Jet, Okla. – At home in North Dakota, the weather pattern had been similar to that of a rain forest. It had been chilly and damp the entire spring season and from the weather reports I have been receiving from home recently, the pattern has remained constant. Down here has been a different story. The Oklahoma warmth at our first stop was welcome and it continues to be here in Jet as well. However, it’s already 88 degrees at 8:37am but the “feels like” temp is 93 degrees. Hello harvest weather, it’s nice to see you again.
Our stay here in Jet is coming to a close within the next couple days. The wheat has done fantastic with test weights remaining between 60-62 pounds, moisture between 10-12 percent and yields from 30-50 bushels. We are on our last field but trust me when I say that we saved the best for last. Our combine operators, Brandon and Dad, may not agree whole-heartedly and here’s why. This piece is 222 acres and it has 17 terraces in it. To put Farmer Mike’s spread into perspective for you, I came up with this little “terraces per acre” equation:
667 total acres / 48 total terraces = 13.9 acres per terrace
Okay so, remember back a few posts ago when I mentioned I had a couple tricks up my sleeve for this year? Trick number one was the bread count but I am now ready to reveal my second trick to you all. We are going to call this one an “Osowski Original”. What I am going to do is every so often is to go back into our Osowski Ag Service archives and tell you a fun story/memory/statistic from our many years on the harvest run. We’ve got some doozies coming your way, I can promise you that.
Bread Count – 1,281,153.7 loaves
Quote of the Day – “I’ve never seen someone derive so much joy from a Jake brake.”
An Osowski Original – Here in Jet a couple moons ago, we used to split the crew in half. Some of the crew would stay here while some would go over to Tonkawa, Okla. and cut some over there. Dad and the crewmember that stayed here in Jet that particular year weathered a bad storm and the power went out in their camper. They had no choice but to eat a frozen pizza on the gas stove by no other light but candlelight.
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