From the seat of a combine – The Harris family

Well it has arrived our final day of cutting wheat.  I was hoping that Zac would be able to narrate this post for the blog and give a complete report of harvest in southwest Oklahoma, but he is still on the combine.   I am writing this Friday morning, the first day of June. He is moving to the last two fields that are across from each other – about 210 acres left.  He says that with no major problems he should finish today.  I am hoping in time to surprise Kenda at her softball game.  I am certain he just wants to be finished before the next chance of severe weather has time to strike.  This seems like such an odd year.  Huge wheat harvest, great yields and most were DONE in the month of May.  It is just unheard of to be done this early plus following a severe drought that we endured last year.  There must be no other explanation but that God is always so good and He enjoys showing what He can do when we trust Him.  We watched God split storms to go around us, watched Him stop fire and protect homes and watched Him deliver the crucial moisture we needed at specific times.

Mowing down the wheat stubble after harvest.

Zac says he is really excited to see the final numbers come in on the average of bushels per acre.  The yield monitor is showing some really exciting numbers.  I agree with Zac when he said every year you put a crop in you hope for a year like this is proving to be.

When you are in the fields, you can see all kinds of God’s beauty.  Zac has been able to see coyotes and all sorts of wild animals. An amazing dust storm blow over the mountains and the magnificent clouds as well as endless lightning storms were breathtaking.  All of this set before him while driving a combine.  Zac will be the first to tell you, “there is nothing more beautiful than the seat of the combine!”  After nine years of harvesting with him I have to tell you I agree!  But a close second is seeing the piece of himself he puts into every crop every year and feast or famine he feels every inch of the soil.  It takes a special man to turn the soil, to care for the crop and watch it grow for months. Then in an instant, it’s gone; either by Mother Nature or by the man himself!

As the last few combines roll by, take the last few looks around because wheat harvest 2012 is almost completely in the books!

Beautiful clouds as a storm moves in near our farm.

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