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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October Winter

Sitting here in full winter regalia and furnace running to keep the house warm. Outside the temp is just below freezing and the ground is white with new snow. And its only October 5. Last I heard harvest was around 75% complete for the province. I'm a little better than that with only a field of flax left standing.

Its not the first time harvest has been put on hold due to snow. Looking back to 1969 there was hardly an acre of crop harvested here through the month of October. It was into November before the weather relented a little and the combines hit the fields again. The grain never did dry but it was cold enough to bin it til spring and get it dried then. Frozen ground thawing in the mid day sun made it interesting for the old Massey Harris combine trying to climb the hills. Mud built up on the tires of the tractor pulling the hopper wagon. Grain so damp it would not unload easily out of the wagon. Working into the evening and darkness on open combines was miserable and  cold but that late in the season everybody knew there was no time to waste.
My dad finished up in the early morning hours of November 11 that year. A neighbour brought in a newer, bigger combine to help and dad ran that. Although he still sat up high and exposed to all the wind, cold and dust. Must have nearly froze.
At least this time I'll ride in comfort.
Dad. 1979.

5 comments:

  1. Some "good ol' days" weren't all that great! - lol

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    1. I guess theres good and bad in every day. Its just a matter of which we decide to focus on. Back in 1969 as a kid helping out my dad it was pretty much all good.

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  2. BTW, we never did row-cropping, but I remember putting up a fourth cutting of beautiful (but thin) clover hay one year on the 1st of November, while wearing flannel shirts!

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  3. I've put some hours in on an open station. Have to get off and hold your hands on the exhaust manifold cause they are so cold..

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    1. Been there and done that. Probably burnt my gloves on the muffler.

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