Everyone is here now to help get the 2013 wheat crop harvested.
My sister-in-law, Emily, and her sons arrived Sunday morning to help with harvest.
Rowan, Emily’s oldest son, was caught off guard last week when he was told over the phone that we had started wheat harvest.
He later told his mom, “Mom, they can’t start wheat harvest yet!”
When Emily asked him why they couldn’t start, Rowan replied, “They can’t harvest wheat yet! I’m not there!”
Emily had to assure Rowan that there would be plenty of wheat for him to cut once they did arrive.
Rowan has grown up in the combines.
He takes a special interest in wheat harvest.
There have been days when that little boy has climbed into the cab at the start of the day and not come inside until it’s long past his bedtime.
If he needs to, he’ll take catnaps in the seat right next to his grandpa or Uncle Adam.
You can’t get him out of the machines.
Technically you can get him out to eat or to conference, but other than that he’s perfectly content.
He watches and takes in everything.
Luckily, Adam and Dwight have allowed him to be part of the harvest experience.
I really believe that if his legs were long enough, Rowan could probably operate a combine or the grain cart because of the shear number of hours this 5-year-old has put in over the years.
One of Rowan’s special jobs while in the combine is to operate the unloading auger.
When it’s time to unload the wheat into a grain cart, Rowan is responsible for getting the auger arm out and letting the wheat unload into the grain cart.
It’s a very important job.
Those buttons need to be handled with precision.
It’s no surprise that Rowan has been in the combines every chance he’s had since they arrived here on Sunday.
He was ready to cut wheat.
And luckily for him, there’s still plenty of wheat that needs to be cut.
Now that Rowan has arrived, we have a full crew and we can NOW get the rest of the wheat harvested!