29 May Steph: Occupied Buddy Seats
Gilliland, Texas – It takes me exactly 27 minutes and 14 seconds to get from the field to the elevator, scale/probe, unload, scale and get back to the field. However, I’ve never had the opportunity to combine a 450-acre field of wheat (talk about heaven — 450 acres without changing fields ONCE), so John got pushed outta the driver’s seat, and I hopped in. I also wanted to see what these red machines are all about. My review, you ask? It’s pretty awesome. Our wheat stats have stayed about the same with 20-25 bushels per acre and 58-60 pound test weights.
My buddy seat was occupied for awhile today by Miss Breanna. She is Farmer Glen’s niece, and we had ourselves a time. We spent a good portion of the afternoon talking about our favorite colors, swapping stories and singing along to Shania Twain on the radio. She also likes Johnny Cash, and said she would have ridden in the combine with me all day long — a girl truly after my own heart. She climbed off the combine, and then shortly after climbed right back up the ladder to give me a hug so, I’d be lying if I said she didn’t take a little piece of it with her.
Seeing as I’m the only female participant of this crew, I have found that the female nature has naturally stepped right in and I did, as my mom calls it, “the jobs nobody wants to do.” John and Matt often just call me “mom” on account of I keep them fed and make sure they don’t sleep in strange places, such as rolled up in a windshield cover on the ground or on the steps of the combine. And I’m sure all you men out there will agree — you don’t mind and often times need to be looked after to some degree. However, I told both guys I don’t mind cooking, but they can draw straws on who does the dishes.
Quote of the Day – “Keep your bum in the seat and your header in the wheat.”
Stuff Harvesters Do – Prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner all before 9 a.m.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. You can contact Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org.