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Rain slows down Osowski crew

By Stephanie Osowski

Wednesday, June 6


I had the elevator all to myself in the morning and early afternoon. However, all good things come to an end and other harvesters soon caught on.

We were skeptical for a while that these rains would set in and never leave, but leave us they have and we were finally able to get back in the field. We cut a sample around 3 p.m. this afternoon and got 13.5 percent moisture. Finally, good to go! The ground, however, is still very wet and filled with secret mud holes. These secret mud holes I speak of are hidden amongst the wheat so when you're going, it's going good until out of nowhere, you're sunk. Without duals, we would still be sitting, waiting, and wishing.

It turns out I'm not the only crew member with jinx capabilities. My Dad was bragging the whole trip to Oklahoma that his air conditioner in our Peterbilt worked ever so well. He said that the air was so cold it would freeze you out. Let's just say yesterday when it quit working, he was whistling a different tune.

Saturday, June 9

With all this free time we've been given, we have came up with an answer to that question that has been haunting all of us. Why does it keep raining? Our ingenious answer: Mother Nature is bound and determined to put us all back on track. Harvest is two weeks earlier than usual but with the rains we've been getting lately, we have only been able to cut for two days.

The sample we took around noon had 14.2 percent moisture so we weren't able to start till 2 p.m. but still made for a good day back in the fields. Tests weights have been consistent around 60 pounds per acre. With only 300 odd acres left and a chance of rain on Sunday, the combine can't seem to cut fast enough.

For how long we've been in Oklahoma, we may be forced to take up residency. Gypsies like ourselves aren't used to being in one spot for so long and we are all getting restless and need a change of scenery.

Sunday, June 10

The combines in the fields surrounding us seem to be wrapping up and we plan to in the next couple days.

The front passenger tire on my truck had a slow leak in it so we took it to town to get fixed only to find out that that slow leak was caused by a cracked rim. We definitely dodged a big safety hazard bullet there. With our speedy service we received at Jet Coop, we were able to get a new rim and have the truck back in the field within a few hours. Our yields have been in the 20s with test weights staying around the 60-pounds-per-bushel mark.

Stephanie Osowski can be reached at stephanie@allaboardharvest.com.

Date: 6/18/2012


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