It’s Harvest Time!
Even though we wanted to start earlier, yesterday was the first day of the 2012 wheat harvest for us.
Everyone gets very anxious and excited during this time of the year because they want to cut the wheat.
I think one of the most anxious and excited ones to get the combines rolling is this little guy…
My sister-in-law has helped with harvest every year I’ve known her.
So has Rowan, her oldest son.
I’ve watched Rowan literally grow up while riding in the combines every wheat harvest.
In fact, he’s been around for wheat harvests one more year than me.
He loves wheat harvest.
He told us the other day that he dreams of wheat harvest.
So last week when Rowan arrived, it wasn’t a surprise to find out he was chanting “Harvest Time, Harvest Time” in my in-law’s kitchen.
It was still a few days too early to start cutting wheat last week. But wheat harvest isn’t the only event that keeps everyone busy during this time of the year.
The guys were finishing up planting the soybeans last week, and of course, Rowan had to help.
On Saturday, the guys decided to run some test cuts to see how close the wheat was to being ready. The wheat has to fall within a certain moisture percentage before it can be cut.
You can bet Rowan was out in the field helping with the test cuts.
Rowan was also the one given the honor of handing over a sample to get tested at the elevator.
He walked from the truck holding the sample in a cup with both hands to make sure it was safely delivered.
The tests showed that the wheat was still just a little too wet to cut.
Little boy was devastated.
He wanted the combines to roll on Saturday!
But he had to exercise patience.
On Sunday we took the day off…
But on Monday, shortly after lunch, Rowan was told that it was “go time”.
And he was ready!
I think if you let that little boy choose between sleeping or cutting wheat, he’d choose cutting wheat.
It’s a sure thing!
There’s another sure thing this year, too.
There’s another little boy who will be experiencing his first wheat harvest with us this year…
…And I think he likes wheat, too!