Miseners are harvesting in Texas
Thursday, July 4
The only way to describe my past week in one word is crazy! We have been cutting wheat in Texas, fixing the truck and hosting company.
First off, a simple “thank you” to all those who have died serving, who have served and who are currently serving our country. I was looking through some older pictures and found a special one that makes me think of my Dad. His patriotism spilled over in requiring Misener Family Harvesters to fly the American flag on every machine. He led with such grace and understanding. I have so much respect for him. He served in Vietnam and was fortunate enough to survive. He never really talked about it much, but from what he did share, I cannot imagine what he experienced.
On June 26, my nephew Leslie and I left home early in the morning and headed down the road in the combine. We had a four-hour drive ahead of us, and a full day’s worth of wheat to cut when we got to our destination. Canadian, Texas, is the closest town to where we cut, but still nowhere near civilization. The roads kept getting smaller and smaller the farther west we got. I started out on a highway with shoulders as big as the lanes themselves, then went on to a regular highway, a smaller highway with no lines, a gravel road, and finally the bumpiest road seen for miles around. The landscape is so beautiful seeing as far as you can possible see. Driving along, you start to wonder where the wheat might be! It is pure pasture country with rugged hills, rocks and gullies. I should have taken a clue when I crossed over 11 cattle guards.
Friday, July 5
On June 27, cutting was underway in Texas! The moisture is great, test weight is good, the bushels are fair (considering the drought and freezes) and the weather is OK, but I am wishing it was cooler. One hundred and four degrees is not what I consider fun to work outside in. At least there is no humidity, which makes it bearable. Dan, August and I are taking turns driving the combine. Since there is not a whole lot of wheat to cut this year, it is a privilege to get to cut. The air conditioning is not a bad perk either! We cut around 80 acres, and moved to three different fields. Not bad for one combine. The days are longer now because we have a one-and-a-half hour drive to and from the field. My sister Katie and her family came to visit. We love having them around and they love riding in the combine. There are always a lot of questions being asked, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Saturday, July 6
On June 28, it was off to work again! Today was exciting because Conrad Weaver from Conjo Studios is coming out to film us. We are a part of a documentary in progress called “The Great American Wheat Harvest.” I am excited to see the final result when it makes its debut in March 2014. The Z Crew is also part of the documentary.
Sunday, July 7
We’re still cutting! That statement may be three words long, but it is great to be able to say. It was our fourth and final day of cutting and things went fairly smooth. We had one minor breakdown, but were back cutting in no time. We finished the field that night making harvest in Texas come to a close. The wheat averaged around 13 bushels an acre, 10 percent moisture, and 56-pound test weight. August and I decided to take a walk while we waited for our turn in the combine.
Emma Misener can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.