Osowski Ag Service: Waitin' on the wheat
By Stephanie Osowski
Wednesday, July 30
Progress for Osowski Ag Service has been brought to a halt by green wheat. We have an irrigated circle and one field north of town that we are anxiously waiting on. Usually these types of things happen right when we get our groove going. Days are all meshed together because we all do the same thing each day anyway.
This may sound boring to some, but we love times like that. Hemingford, Nebraska, has the perfect harvest feel to it in my opinion: lines at the elevator, dust flying in the distance, truck drivers getting out and chatting with one another while they wait in line, service trucks cruising main street. There really is nothing better than the feeling of harvest in the air.
While we were servicing equipment yesterday, Brandon had a fun thing happen to him. A neighboring farmer drove up and was asking questions about his own machine, a CR9065. Brandon is our tech guru and is becoming quite the little mechanic, I must say, so he knows quite a bit. The neighboring farmer was having some issues with his machine and wanted to take Brandon to check and see if he could get it figured out. Turns out, Brandon was able to tweak a few things on the screen in the combine car, tighten a few belts and all was well. We have been calling this Brandon’s first service call, and he couldn’t be more proud of himself. And neither can we.
Harvester tip: Only let one person give you directions at a time.
You might be a harvester if…people don’t recognize you when you’re not in your work clothes.
Saturday, August 2
Half a circle complete! Irrigation is a funny thing. One of the halves was ready for us to harvest while the other is still between ripe and ready. However, I don’t think I have ever seen wheat at 12.2 percent moisture with such green straw. We were able to finish the half we were on and decided to wait on the other one to be certain it will be ready. The yields have been awesome, coming in around 90 bushels per acre.
We are hauling to a brand spankin’ new elevator in town, Prairie Sky Seed. The facilities are still in construction but are fully equipped to take wheat this harvest. Because the grain contracted to that elevator is for seed purposes, the moisture content cannot be any higher than 14 percent. The staff and facilities are top notch so we feel privileged to get to haul there!
We were able to meet up in Scottsbluff with a crew we have been friends with for years, the Russells. We had a great supper and an even greater time visiting with them for the evening.
You might be a harvester if…you never commit to any plans during June or July because the wheat waits for no one.
Stephanie Osowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.