Thursday 16th of June 2011 08:28 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
Wheat harvest 2011 has had more stops and starts than a beginning driver learning to operate a stick shift. Yesterday was the first day we didn't have an interruption of some kind. (Believe me, I'm knocking on wood right about now just so I don't jinx today!)
Even though other people in the area had been cutting wheat since last Tuesday (June 7), we didn't find anything dry enough then. My farmer is mighty patient, but it's tough to sit on the sidelines when it seems everyone else is already cutting - even for my down-to-earth optimist.
(No, not everyone else was cutting. But it's like trying to convince your teenager, "No, everyone else's parents are NOT letting their daughter wear a skirt that short!")
We started cutting wheat last Friday. Yields are better than anticipated, though it's definitely not a bumper crop. Test weight was good. Life was good.
Then came the breakdowns:
- Friday, it was the clean grain auger on the combine.
- Saturday, it was a combine hydraulic line. You're heard oil and water don't mix: Neither do oil and wheat chaff. That's one big mess.
- Sunday, it was a 0.70 inch rain (though no one was complaining about that).
- On Monday, the breakdown was the truck. As Jake was about to pull into the elevator to dump his load of wheat at Zenith, the battery suddenly decided to give out.
- Tuesday evening, it was the suppertime storm that made for an early quitting time. Great rainbow, but not much precipitation.
I noticed a pattern: The breakdowns appear to happen right about the time I'm delivering supper to the field. I proposed a solution: Maybe I shouldn't deliver suppers anymore. Let's just say that suggestion didn't fly.
In my head, I kept singing the song, "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do." Just change is the words to "Breaking Down Is Hard to Do" and you have the County Line's theme song for harvest so far. I hope we'll be singing another tune soon.
Wednesday 22nd of June 2011 07:34:25 AM
Submitted by: Lyle Longenecker
I never get discouraged about those small break downs its the big ones that take the fun out of harvest. Congratulations on being done We are about a third done here.
Wednesday 22nd of June 2011 08:12:22 AM
Submitted by: Kim
Here's hoping for none of those "big breakdowns" as you complete your 2011 wheat harvest. Good luck with it and enjoy! It's my husband's favorite time of the year, too.