Osowski Ag Services bids Oklahoma farewell
By Stephanie Osowski
Monday, June 24
Well folks, it looks like our time in Oklahoma is coming to a close. The last couple days, we have been able to cut day-in and day-out and are aiming to be heading north in the next day or so. The only thing is, this area is struggling with rye in the fields. The rye straw is green compared to the wheat straw, making it harder to feed through the machine once the sun goes down. We have been able to cut till around 10 p.m. most nights, which may sound late but it is actually very early to us. We are used to being able to cut till midnight or later! Our yields have been in the low 20s, test weights between 58 and 61 pounds, and moisture averaging at 11.
Each and every brand of combine has a service called harvest support. We have had our New Holland combines for six years now. In those years, we have become acquainted with New Holland Harvest Support. These guys follow the harvest run and will not only bring parts directly out to your field, but they will often be right there helping you fix whatever it was that needed fixing. They have always been a great help to us! We had harvest support from both New Holland and MacDon show up at our field the other morning. New Holland had to bring us a bearing and MacDon came out to check out the drum of our header. Both were quick and easy fixes and we were able to get back to work within an hour (or so, we of course had to do some socializing as well).
Thursday, June 27
One state down, two more to go! Osowski Ag Service has completed harvest in Oklahoma and is now settled in Lyons, Kan. We got all the equipment loaded up last night and were able to get an early start this morning, arrive in Lyons within a few hours, unload, and get right back in the field.
With the late harvest last summer, we were forced to skip this stop here in Lyons and move up to our stop in northwestern Kansas. We have had this job since 1997, so it was hard not to feel like something was missing! The first two fields we cut this afternoon/evening had some of the best wheat we have seen so far this summer. Yields were showing between 45 to 50 bushels, test weights at 64 pounds, moisture at 10 to 11 percent and protein at 10. With numbers like that, we are feeling very welcome back here. We have about a 40-mile trip to our elevator, so we had to have Mom out in the field today as well in order for the trucks to keep up with this beautiful wheat.
If anyone is looking for a good radio station, I have one for you to try. If you are in the northern Oklahoma/south-central Kansas area, 98.3 Coyote Country is fantastic—by far my favorite radio station from North Dakota to Oklahoma.
Quote of the Day: “Hey look, I overloaded the truck! Hope Dad’s got a shovel.”
Stephanie Osowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.