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A Girl on the {Harvest} Run

St. Francis, Kan. – There are a few things you may not know about being the only girl in a sea of harvest and testosterone. I am here to fill you in on a few key points. My fellow harvest ladies, this one is for you.

  1. They think you can, they think you can’t. You’ll get all makes and models. Shrug off the nonbelievers.
  2. Prove the nonbelievers wrong. It’s fun and extremely rewarding.
  3. Guys have wallets. Girls have purses and/or a carryall of some sort. Don’t go anywhere without it.
  4. Switching from one machine to another “for a round”? Bring everything you need. You’ll probably be in there all day.
  5. In order to get your good ideas to be put into action, you will likely need to make the men think it was their idea in the first place.
  6. Going on a parts run? Don’t forget to call the field before you head back. They probably thought of something else they need and you can’t come back without it.
  7. Always have a book or portable hobby of some sort with you. The “hurry up and wait” concept is what harvest is made of. You do a LOT of waiting.
  8. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Everything guys can do girls can do better, right? 
  9. To go along with the previous one, it’s okay to ask for help sometimes (I am a do-it-yourselfer, this can be a struggle for me).
  10. Be mindful when you are helping someone out with their job. If you’re too good at it, it will quickly become your job… Forever.

I’m sure there are many, many more so if you think of any, feel free to shoot them my way and I will include them in an upcoming post. Us ladies have to stick together. Happy Harvest!

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  • Dorothy
    Posted at 12:53h, 04 July

    Battle of the sexes, eh? I understand, however…here’s something to think about.

    Google “man protects son baseball bat” and you will see a beautiful example of men and their role as protectors. All the women are drawing inward. Men are protecting the crowd with hands and arms outstretched.
    Thank God for men.

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 09:42h, 07 July

      Not so much a battle but more some simple things for us women to do to keep ourselves organized and prepared out here in the harvest world. I do agree with you that men and women perfectly compliment one another. Thank you for your comment, Dorothy!

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 20:32h, 04 July

    Well said Steph ,Women are easier to train listen to instructions way better, are so better with equipment,this from a Turf Tech(Golf Course mechanic) that has worked with & trained young women for 20 + years

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 09:40h, 07 July

      Thanks for the backup, Tom 🙂

  • Monte Waldron
    Posted at 08:36h, 05 July

    You know that woman have been working in the weat fields my grandmother shocked weat in the early 1900s getting ready for the thresher when they come By the way you do a great job

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 09:43h, 07 July

      Yes, us women can work right alongside the men! Thank you for reading, for your comment and last but not least, for your lovely compliment 🙂

  • Erica Brown
    Posted at 09:06h, 05 July

    Love this, so true! I learned the hard way it’s never for one round!

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 09:43h, 07 July

      Thank you, Erica! 🙂

  • Polly osowski
    Posted at 11:01h, 05 July

    Stephanie,you got that all right,how I remember???? By the way send me your e- mail address the one I have does not go thru, thanks and love you,keep up the good work,love reading your stories

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 09:44h, 07 July

      Hi grandma, glad to see you are keeping up with my stories! I’ll text you my email address today, love you too!

  • Danna Schmiedt
    Posted at 19:00h, 05 July

    #11. Don’t volunteer for ANYTHING!!! (Smile)

    • Steph Osowski
      Posted at 09:44h, 07 July

      …..or you’ll find yourself doing it all the time! Haha so true, thank you for you input Danna 🙂