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Z Crew continues harvesting after rain subsides

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By Taylor and Callie Zeorian

Tuesday, June 25

The rain has finally ceased and the crew has been in the field for the last four days. Our 500-acre job in Shattuck, Okla., has almost come to an end. We should be finished here late today or sometime tomorrow. Once our acres around Shattuck have all been cut, the combine will be driven 20 miles west to Higgins, Texas, were we’ll be cutting around 150 acres.

Callie and I have kept ourselves busy cooking and cleaning. When we just can’t take it in the trailer house any more, we’ll drive to the local Sonic between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., for Happy Hour half-priced drinks. We can’t resist a vanilla Dr. Pepper! Saturday afternoon we drove to Woodward and kept ourselves occupied by walking around Walmart for about four hours. We’re desperate to stay busy!

Tomorrow we look forward to some company. Conrad Weaver, of the Wheat Harvest Movie, and his son Spencer will be spending a few days with the Z Crew filming and doing interviews. Finally a change of pace!

The wind and heat here in Oklahoma is relentless and it’s looking to get even hotter throughout the week. Fingers crossed we don’t run into any issues and we can wrap up here and move north with the rest of custom cutters!

Friday, June 28

I think it comes with the job, but our family has a tendency to get restless if we’re sitting anywhere more than two weeks. Jenna always used to refer to it as her “gypsy soul” always wanting to be on the move. After finishing our fields around Shattuck and Arnett, Okla., the combine and straight truck (the Frank) were driven to the last field. Thirty miles from Shattuck, and just south of Higgins, Texas, the Z Crew finished cutting their last field at the first stop of wheat harvest 2013.

The first stop of the summer was a hot one. With temperatures clear up to 107 degrees and winds straight out of the south at 30 mph, the field was a hot and sticky place to be. The crop yielded poorly, and Mom was taking about two loads of grain to the elevator a day. She has the, let’s say, luxury of driving a truck without air conditioning but each time she was dumping at the elevator, Johnston Grain Company had a cooler of cold beverages for the drivers. At the moment, I’m listening to my parents rave about the great hospitality at the elevator. When you’re in a small town you’re not from, it’s great to interact with kind people who will help you out and not only get the job done, but work together.

Although we’re sad our first stop on the wheat harvest trail has come and gone, our gypsy souls are headed out of Oklahoma tomorrow. Dad and I will be taking the first trip up to Garden City, Kan., and if all goes as planned, return tomorrow night to take Callie, Mom and the trailer house on Saturday!

Taylor and Callie Zeorian can be reached at zeorian@allaboardharvest.com.

Date: 7/8/2013



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