Harvest in Manter, Kansas
Tuesday, June 23
On Sunday morning we left Seiling, Okla., and made the first trip to our second stop in Manter, Kan. We have to make two trips with each move and we normally take the combine on the first trip, but we did it a little backwards this time.
We arrived in Manter, Kan. around 4:30 p.m. and set up camp. This involves unhooking and parking the trailer house, connecting electricity, water and sewer. Then setting up everything inside. We also unhook and unload the equipment.
Since we are cutting with and parked right next to our friends, the Krumbachs, we all went out for supper to celebrate Father's Day. After supper, my dad and I left for Seiling to get the rest of our stuff. My little sister, Taylor, also came along for the ride. We got to Seiling, Okla. around 12:30 a.m.
We woke up at 6 a.m. the next morning, loaded the combine, got fuel, and settled up with our farmer. We were on the road around 9 a.m. and made it back to Manter around 3 p.m. We unloaded the combine right away and got to work. It was a long couple of days!Thursday, June 25
Today was our third day of cutting here in Manter, Kan. Since we are working with the Krumbachs, there is a total of five combines, two tractors with grain carts, and five semis running. With all of the people it takes to run the equipment, the cooks and additional family members, there are about 20 of us all together. So, the past couple of days have definitely been interesting for me--there is a lot more activity than what I am used to with just my family and our one combine.
They are short one grain cart operator for the time being, so today after lunch I stayed in the field and attempted to learn the ropes. Since my family does not have a grain cart, it was the first time I had ever done it. I was nervous, especially since I was working with the Krumbach's equipment, but I did not break anything, or run into anything. So, I guess I can consider it a successful first day on the grain cart.
Saturday, June 27
It's a little after midnight and we just got in for the night about 15 minutes ago. I have not had a chance to write very much the past couple of days since I have been running the grain cart, so I thought I would post a quick note while I am waiting for my turn for the shower.
The wheat is doing well here. Today the crops yielded around 40 bushels per acre and test weights have been high, around 63 pounds.
The cutting conditions have been good. This area is known for its nice, flat land with no terraces. It has been hot, and we have not had any rain yet. I also experienced the strong western Kansas winds for the first time today ... wow! (I am used to being in the more central part of Kansas, so it took me by surprise!)
Although there are five combines running, they have been split into two groups for the past couple of days. My group consists of Mom running a combine, Dad running a truck Lee Krumbach running a truck and Lee's grandson, Andrew, running a combine. The other group consists of Bruce Krumbach running a truck, Bruce's children, Blake, Anna and Katie, all running combines and their two hired men, Andy running the grain cart and Eric running a truck.
Leigh Krumbach, Bruce's wife, has been cooking for this entire crew and is doing an amazing job! She delivers at least one hot meal to the field a day and has to deliver it to two different places each time. It is a lot of work and everyone is extremely thankful that she does it!
Jenna Zeorian can be reached at email@example.com.