Misener family friends visit
Wednesday, June 29
Our harvest crew is somewhat different than most crews. We get our hired help from college or high school students, or hire those that "run in the family." Marty is a great example of that because his older brother Kevin started the tradition of going on harvest with us in 2004--the same year Erv arrived for the first time. Since Kevin worked for us, Marty joined and now their younger brother Austin has been dying to come. He says he has "a year and a half until I get to come."
Joel is also back for a second year, and his sister Olivia was here last year. Many siblings have come to enjoy this lifestyle and they're always back for at least a visit. I guess you can see that when you harvest with the Misener crew you are in for life, and an adopted member of this family.
Erv has also headed back home to Michigan where his wife and family live. Erv is the life and soul of the party--he may be 65 years old, but he's definitely a child at heart. I will say I'll miss his good attitude toward life, his willingness to any job big or small and his spunk every morning. This won't be the last time we see Erv though, I'm sure of it. Every year he says he can't come back, but always manages at visit for at least two weeks.
Thursday, June 30
Judy Horsch from the Andale, Kan., area stopped by and paid us a visit. Judy is the granddaughter of the man who inspired the custom harvesting profession, Joe Tucker.
Tucker was the Massey-Harris vice president and sales manager who thought of the Harvest Brigade in the 1940s. With the U.S. at war, the government asked that farmers plant more acres because of the inadequate food supply for the American people, our troops and allies. Over 14 million additional acres were planted in 1944 and although the acres were planted, harvest was looking bleak because there wasn't a labor force or resources available to accomplish harvest.
Tucker became aware of the need to harvest America's wheat crop and make sure it was not lost. Tucker's plan sent 500 Massey Harris combines on the Harvest Brigade during WWII in 1944 and 1945--and this brigade literally fed the world.
Saturday, July 2
We have arrived in Gregory, S.D., and not only is it a little cooler the wheat looks fantastic. I feel like I need a sweatshirt up here, and that seems crazy considering we faced triple digits while we were in Kansas. I'm excited to get rolling with harvest up here, but we've got about three weeks to wait.
Monday, July 4
Let me start off with a big Happy Birthday America! It's Independence Day and on behalf of Misener Family Harvesters I say thank you soldiers--past and present for serving this country, standing up for what you believe in and being selfless in your service to keep this beautiful country free. We can't forget to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice as well. Without those serving this country we would not be able to enjoy the luxuries we have, and the ones we sometimes take for granted. My dad served in Vietnam, and my grandfather Dick Green served in Korea. My cousins Blade and Travis Schallenberger are currently serving in the United States Air Force.
Last week Mom, Dan and I managed to move part of our convoy to Gregory, S.D. The rest of our crew went in the opposite direction--back south to Elk City, Okla., where our home is. Right now the Miseners have a little bit of down time as we wait for wheat to ripen in South Dakota. Fortunately for us we always have projects on the back burner to keep us busy. One of these projects is fixing up a John Deere all-crop head and cleaning up the shop. We'll probably stay in Elk City for another four or five days before we head out again, of course that all depends on how much work gets done.
Emma Misener can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.