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Weather delays start of harvest as Miseners prepare equipment

Sunday, May 22

We started last week moving things to our first stop in Gotebo, Okla. Dave and Dan have moved the combines, tractor, grain cart and support equipment. In a few days we'll start taking the campers over. As usual plans have not exactly gone as planned. Our first farmer says that his wheat is still around 17 percent moisture. We expected to be harvesting by Friday, but due to the cooler temperatures and rain our harvest start will be delayed.

David doing some repair on one of our customer's combines. (Photo by Erin Misener.)

Since Dad's passing we've not only had normal challenges that we in the custom harvesting business experience but have other challenges added to our plates. His shoes need to be filled, but those are mighty big shoes to fill. We are managing and I can only come to one conclusion why. Dad is with us.

His enthusiasm hasn't left us and that passion he has instilled in us is evident in how we've managed to pick up and keep going. He would want us to carry on and do what we all love, which is harvesting. Part of our carrying on is getting back to doing the things we've always done to prepare for harvest. We've been doing some preventive maintenance on our own machines and machines for a few farmers in our area. We get them ready for the start of wheat harvest by checking bearings, walker blocks, chopping knives and feeder chains. We also do some of the simple things like checking guards, sections, belts and chains; changing engine and hydraulic oil; greasing; and cleaning out the cabs.

These combines are our offices, so it's important that they are clean and efficient--so that we can be as well.

Emma Misener can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com.

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