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Roland Harvesting hits the road for harvest

By Megan Roland

Tuesday, June 4

The day is finally here! After a long winter and weeks of preparation it is finally time for Roland Harvesting to begin the anxiously awaited trip south. This day is always greatly anticipated and marks the official start of harvest for us. When transporting oversize loads we can only legally travel during the daylight hours. Due to this, the crew was up at dawn to do one last check over the equipment and make sure everything was lined up for their long trip. Daylight means precious travel time, so when moving the convoy we have to plan ahead to make the most of our time. After a hearty breakfast, the crew filled up their coffee mugs, threw their bags in the sleepers, started up the trucks, and headed down the driveway to begin their journey. The convoy will travel over 700 miles to reach their final destination near Altus, Okla. Along the way, the crew will stop in Imperial, Neb., to load up the CR 9080 combine that was having warranty work completed on it. Another stop will be made in Colby, Kan., to pick up the other header. The trip will take three full days and possibly more if problems arise along the way, such as blowing tires, overheating engines or encountering bad weather. However, we will say our prayers and keep our fingers crossed that they will have a safe and smooth trip.

Unfortunately, I was unable to leave with the crew this time since I have job interviews and study sessions for boards this week. I’m still adjusting to this “being an adult” thing, so I was quite upset to see everyone pull away as I waved good-bye from our dusty driveway. I usually lead the convoy with the pickup pulling the header and play pilot car during the move. This year, Kasey will be taking over my job and leading the crew. I sent him with my trusty atlas, directions, and a list of the best truck stops to stop at. Brandon and Jose are hauling the combines, and Eric is bringing up the rear with the service truck and a grain trailer.

Sadly, I was not the only one left behind this year. Mom and Dad are also still at home as they finish planting sunflowers and millet. They hope to meet the boys in southern Oklahoma next week with the grain cart and camper. I plan to join the crew again sometime soon, but it remains a mystery as to when this will be. One thing is for sure—I’m already missing harvest.

Megan Roland can be reached at megan@allaboardharvest.com.

Date: 6/17/2013



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