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Truck Suspense

Truck Suspense

Lyons, Kansas — The wheat is good here…really good. All along my route from field to elevator, combines and grain carts are sitting with augers out and hoppers full, patiently waiting for trucks to return. The roads are all trucks, bumper to bumper. The elevators in Hutchinson, Kansas, have their work cut out for them this year. Our test weights have been from 60 to 62 pounds, and the yield is looking to be 60 to 70 bushels per acre.

The heat has maintained itself here but God bless the wind. The fact that we just came out of Oklahoma and I am blessing the wind is an odyssey because true to the song, Oklahoma is “where the wind comes sweeping down the Plains.” I could hear Purple breathe a sigh of relief when I parked her for the night. We hauled like crazy today and Peter and I were proud to say that even though our haul was a 20-mile trip, the combines didn’t have to sit more than a half hour in truck suspense.

Bread Count — 1,812,377.64 loaves

Quote of the Day“Now that’s a table-top cutting job.”

An Osowski Original — My old Purple has been through a few hired hands before we were blessed with each other. Around 17 years ago here in Lyons, Mom got a phone call from the elevator. Mind you, this was before everyone and his or her dog had a cell phone, so this hired hand had to use the elevator’s landline. The phone call revealed to Mom that the hired hand had slammed his finger in the door of Purple and needed to be taken to the hospital for stitches.

Loading up.

Loading up.

Guiding.

Guiding.

Strapping on the window cover.

Strapping on the window cover.

Brandon strapping the window cover on the other combine.

Brandon strapping the window cover on the other combine.

CREW.

CREW.

Guiding Brandon onto the header trailer.

Guiding Brandon onto the header trailer.

Attaching signs.

Attaching signs.

Service truck got stuck.

Service truck got stuck.

Farmer Sheldon going to take a combine ride.

Farmer Sheldon going to take a combine ride.

Waiting for me!

Waiting for me!

Found Peter on the road!

Found Peter on the road!



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

2 Comments
  • E C
    Posted at 16:02h, 24 June

    Hi Steph,
    Your posts are great. I enjoy hearing about you and Purple and your adventures. I try to follow you with my map atlas.

    Best wishes from an older Texas farm girl.

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 23:23h, 30 June

      Thank you very much, I’m glad you can relate and follow our happy trails. Purple says “hi”!