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Brian: Oklahoma Harvest Begins…With A Twist(er)!

Brian: Oklahoma Harvest Begins…With A Twist(er)!

Thomas, Oklahoma–We arrived safely in Thomas, Oklahoma, with the equipment. A long trek we are glad to have behind us.  It took a little longer than expected, as we had to pull over on the side of the road after the engine of one of the semi’s suddenly shut off and would not restart.  Narrow roads and wide loads pulled off on the shoulder are not a good combination.  Harvesters dread this type of scenario, as it leaves little room for oncoming traffic to get around our equipment.  We must be very mindful to not create any un-due hazards that could lead to an accident or someone being hit by traffic.  Being forced to work roadside on a disabled wide load is stress we could all live without, but some quick thinking led to a temporary fix that got us all back onto the road with only a short delay.

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Our first roadside repair of the year causes some anxiety, but thankfully is quickly and safely resolved. 

 

A few combines were sampling or harvesting in the area as we arrived.  We parked and set up the house trailers, ate a quick lunch and then headed out to unload the machines.  We received our first field assignment from our farmer and headed out to officially get harvest under way.  It’s always extra stressful during those first few hours of harvest, reacquainting ourselves with the controls of the machines, checking calibrations and adjustments, and scrutinizing the new equipment to make sure the factory tightened all the bolts and there are no oil leaks.

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Brian makes the very first pass in the field, officially kicking off the 2019 harvest season.

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Cameron has the distinct honor of delivering the first load of grain to the elevator at 12.5 percent moisture.

 

Everything looked good as we wrapped up day 1.  We saw yields in the 50 to 60 bushels per acre range with 60 pound test weight, one of the nicest looking crops in this area for quite some time. You will recall this area last year suffered from severe drought conditions.  There is always an extra-satisfying feeling of getting the first day under your belt … you finally, really feel harvest is under way.

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Ready for a summer of hard work, we snap a few photos while things are still clean, shiny and new.

 

Day 2 started off  good, but by late afternoon severe weather watches and warnings began to appear on our phones.  Radar showed some very severe weather in the area as two weather systems attempted to merge into a super storm.  Soon we found ourselves in a severe thunderstorm warning. Not the way we wanted to kick off harvest.  Then … a tornado warning was issued with a confirmed touchdown 2 miles away.

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The afternoon of day 2 brings ugly clouds, a tornado warning and some anxious looks on our faces.

Click on the video link below to watch an update recorded live during storm, as well as a post-storm evaluation of the damage the tornado left behind.  We are officially on rain delay here in Oklahoma.

 

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2 Comments
  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 18:51h, 23 June

    Wow ,what crazy weather !! We’ve had a big dump of rain here in Cochrane Alberta 7in since the 20th ,the crops are looking mint & anyone who fertilized their hay fields this spring will have lot’s of feed. But as you know in the Farming & Ranching world it maybe a bumper now,let’s give it a few months and then see what is there .Sure like your live action posts they are the best !! Work Safe !!

  • Sharon Drake
    Posted at 15:37h, 26 June

    Brian, glad you are getting started. I live in south central Kansas, just 5 miles from Oklahoma border. There has been a lot of cutting around here. Like you some wheat was ruined and some looks good. I have heard on the radio ag. reports from other harvesters . They have the same report as you. One said the combine was stuck in mud and had to use bulldozer. I bet that made some big ruts. Be careful. We have had 2 men get hurt in a grain bin accidents. One caught in augar last week and one fell down in yesterday. I guess both doing ok. I was raised on farm as my Husband. So am aware of the things that can happen. Hope your harvest is full of big yields and safe travels. Sharon Drake. Winfield, Ks.