Experiencing the color green
Tuesday, July 14
Today, Dad and I went back to Deerfield, Kan., to get the rest of our equipment and vehicles. We left Limon, Colo., around 7 a.m., stopped for lunch in Syracuse, Kan., and made it to the farm outside of Deerfield, Kan., around 1 p.m. It took us about an hour to load the combine and get everything ready to go, so we were back on the road around 2 p.m.
It was very hot again today, so we stopped in Sharon Springs, Kan., to make sure the tires were holding up and just to cool off for a bit. We ran into some storms once we entered Colorado but they were nothing too serious--just rain and wind. We arrived at the farm outside of Limon, Colo., around 8 p.m.
I mentioned in my last post that our farmer thought the wheat wouldn't be ready to cut until late this week. Now it has rained the past three evenings. So it might be even later than that before we can get in the field.
Wednesday, July 15
I sort of felt like a vacationer today. Since we are waiting to start harvest in Limon, Colo., the girls and I spent the afternoon at the swimming pool. After supper, the family wanted to get out of the trailer house for awhile, so we went to McDonalds and got ice cream.
While we were there, low and behold, Jada's dad, Perry, and part of the Hoffman crew came in. Perry said they were "bachin' it tonight." So that was pretty fun. I'm looking forward to meeting Jada and everyone else when they get there. It's crazy that out of all the custom harvesters there are, and of all the states and towns we could be working in, our two crews are going to be in the same town. If you think about it ... that's pretty amazing.
Friday, July 17
We were finally able to cut today. Since our job is still a day or two off, Perry Hoffman, Jada's father, lined us up with a small job to do in the meantime. I helped move equipment this afternoon and had a chance to talk to Perry, who was showing us where the field was located. He told me to stop by and visit Jada and Candace, Jada's mother, once I got back to town, so that's what my sisters and I did. It was awesome to finally meet them and we had a nice visit.
We were there around suppertime, so they invited us to ride along to the field with them and see their operation in action. I really enjoyed meeting their crew and seeing what role everyone played in the business.
During supper, Perry hopped into one of the combines so the driver could eat, and I went along as a passenger. Soon Perry turned to me and said, "Well, are you going to drive this thing or what?" And my reply was, "Uhhhh, no, I don't think that would be a very good idea!" But before I knew it, Perry was already out of the driver's seat and shoving me over. So there I was, driving a John Deere combine. I guess there's a first time for everything. I'm going to be honest ... I was scared. Perry was right beside me though and helped me through it, of course. But not without making fun of my sweaty hands!
Before the end of the night, he also had me, or made me, test drive one of his Kenworth trucks--another first for me. I think he was trying to give me a nervous breakdown! But I had a lot of fun. Tonight was definitely one for the books.
Sunday, July 19
My older sister, Jamie, was able to take a few days off work to come visit us. She flew into Denver, Colo., this morning, so my little sisters and I drove to the airport to pick her up. We hung out this afternoon and then took supper to the field. It is so awesome to have the whole family together.
We finished cutting the smaller job last night, which worked out perfect because we were able to start on our regular job today. Unfortunately, we're fighting mud, thanks to the unusual amount of rain the area has received this summer. We haven't gotten stuck, but have heard of others who have not been so lucky. The wheat is yielding 25 to 30 bushels per acre on testing an average weight of 61 pounds.
Jenna Zeorian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.