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Wrapping up at our first stop

Wednesday, June 10

UNLOADING--Jada's crew wraps up harvest in Olney, Texas. The custom harvesting crew harvested wheat with high yield averages of 27 bushels per acre. (Journal photo by Jada Bulgin.)

Our harvest season in Olney, Texas, is wrapping up today. It is sad to leave a stop. Since we have been harvesting in Olney, Texas, for many years, it often feels like we live here. That was especially the case in 1992. It rained so much that we were in Olney, Texas, for six weeks and three days. My sister, Tara, and I were quite young so my mother kept us occupied by taking us to the library, swimming pool, Bible school and other child-friendly events. We were held up from the rain so long, the school was even trying to enroll us for the next semester.

Other harvesters dealt with the rain in their own way. The late Bruce Neufeld, who did wood working as a pastime, had time to enjoy his beloved hobby. He carved out the shape of Texas, put a raindrop in the center, painted them and added the date. We still have ours. It serves as a tribute to 1992 and just how unpredictable harvest can be.

That year, everyone in the Spring Creek trailer park enjoyed our almost daily Texan-style cookouts. Locals would bring their meat smokers and the cooking would begin at 3 in the afternoon. The beans, which were cooked in a huge cast iron pot, were the most important part of the meal. To me, it felt like they just dumped everything they had in the pot. Somehow, the beans still turned out wonderful.

Today, we still stay in the same campground, and when it rains we have cookouts. While they are not as elaborate as in 1992, we always have mesquite-grilled meat which is quite a treat for us Northerners. Hoffman Harvesting is warmly greeted in Olney, Texas, as we even have a charge account at Stewarts, the local grocery.

Thursday, June 11

Dad, Carin, and I went up the road ahead of the crew to see if there was any wheat to be harvested because the wheat is not quite ready in Kiowa. Unfortunately, it seems that we, like most harvesters, are going to be sitting and waiting on wet wheat for a couple more days.

Saturday, June 13

Right now we are at Altus Lake camping. We had a day of boating with our friends from Thurman Harvesting and Sugden Harvesting. Then yesterday, when we thought we would move up to Kiowa, it rained almost 2 inches. As a result to the lack of wheat to cut, we are acting like normal campers. It is kind of fun to grill out and sit on floaties on the lake and relax. However, waiting out the "go time" makes for a little bit of stress despite our relaxing atmosphere. It looks like we have a chance for our next two stops to be ready about the same time. We are going to be really busy when the wheat is ready to cut.

Jada Bulgin can be reached at jada@allaboardharvest.com.

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