29 Jun Lindsey: Wheat-cutting weather
Cheyenne, Oklahoma—It can be hard to avoid the comparison game as the wheat harvest run progresses. We witness and read about other crews moving on north into Kansas as we look at another week or so of cutting in western Oklahoma. It always seems to work out in the end, but there is certainly a feeling of being left behind!
Strong City, Oklahoma—The combine works away in the background.
We have been working nonstop as we have been blessed with ideal wheat-cutting weather: dry, hot and windy! We find ourselves so torn on the dry part though—this land is so desperate for a drink! As we have cut around Cheyenne, Oklahoma, and on into the Texas panhandle we have seen yields averaging around 20 bushels per acre and test weights holding strong around 62 pounds. As predicted, we have seen the unfortunate effects of a late season freeze and hail.
Strong City, Oklahoma—It’s nice to be able to cut in your own back yard!
Durham, Oklaohoma—We used a stripper header on some of our own wheat that we cut.
I have been able to spend quite a bit of time in the grain cart. I truly enjoy working in the field right alongside my husband and kiddos. Let me tell you, harvest through the eyes of a 3 year old is a hoot! She doesn’t miss a thing and doesn’t hesitate to let me know when the combine is full. Our sweet 6 six year old—oh goodness, he is wise beyond his years. He has grown up in that combine cab and really wants to lend a helping hand wherever he can. He just makes us so proud!
Strong City, Oklahoma—I’ve enjoyed putting some hours in the grain cart!
Durham, Oklahoma—This girl keeps us on our toes!
Allison, Texas—Mason is quite the helper these days!
We were fortunate to welcome the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children for a visit to the field. These girls were full of energy and excitement—despite their 4 hour road trip—and were eager to take it all in.
Strong City, Oklahoma—We really enjoyed this group of girls!
As we were cutting for one of our farmers, his family had quite the harvest of their own going on. The Roarks have worked hard and put in countless hours restoring and maintaining antique tractors, harvesters and trucks- think Farmall, Allis-Chalmers All-Crop, Diamond-T and the like. It is an impressive operation that I will share more photos of in a later post. I am so grateful that these girls were able to see these antique machines first-hand. What an experience! The girls were also surprised to find some non-traditional farm animals and entertainment during their visit.
Cheyenne, Oklahoma—We had the best hosts at the Roark Farm!
Cheyenne, Oklahoma—Clyde the camel was loving all the attention he received!
Cheyenne, Oklahoma—A few rides on the carousel was a sweet surprise for these girls!
I cannot say enough good things about the experiences and life-skills OBHC is providing for their residents! If you feel inclined to do so, I would encourage you to check out their 10 Acre Challege campaign at www.obhc.org. They are truly making a change in these childrens’ lives.
Berlin, Oklahoma—Taking a break for supper in the field.
Happy harvest trails to you!
All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by Unverferth Manufacturing Co. Inc., Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, Agri-Pro, Gleaner, BASF and High Plains Journal. Lindsey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.