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Monday, November 3, 2014

Harvest Time...

Harvest has been in full swing here for a little over a month and while I would like to tell you that it has been smooth sailing, I can't.  Some years  we get lucky and have zero or minimal breakdowns and others, it feels like we are repairing something every time we turn around.
 This fall has been one of the frustrating years.  It started off really well.  We had a couple break downs here and there, but nothing that couldn't be fixed quickly.  Last Sunday the combine decided that it was going to throw a fit.  Now, I understand if it decides to throw a fit every once in a while, because don't we all?;)  But we are now on day 8 of Mr. Combine's fit throwing and we are all over it!
 The mechanic, who happens to be Brad's cousin, is completely stumped and frustrated as well.  He has tried everything he can think of which includes ordering different parts, Brad rewiring the wiring harness, several trial runs, and countless hours of labor.  We rented a combine from our local dealership to finish beans because they are a bit more temperamental than corn and if the weather turns, then harvesting soybeans gets ugly.
 It's not cheap to rent a combine, but you do what you have to.  We did manage to finish soybeans last week with said rented combine.  We are currently renting a combine from another farmer who is finished with harvest.
 All of these pictures were taken on a gorgeous day when the guys were combining the soybeans next to our house.
 Even though we have had a pretty major hiccup this fall, there are still things to be thankful for: the yields this year are good.  We didn't experience a drought this summer and we haven't had any personal injuries.  Trying to focus on the positives instead of the negative;)

Fingers crossed my next harvest post says that our combine is fixed!  Stay safe everyone and keep an eye out for farmers on the roads!

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