Howdy friends and neighbors!
I hope everyone is enjoying summer since it has officially arrived. It’s been a few weeks since my last article so let me catch you up.
Well I tell people this summer I fell “off the wagon” and harvested wheat for grain for the first time in as best Dad and I can figure 18 years.
Sorry wheat farmers. (You know what I’m talking about). However, we had a blast and it brought back many memories of what an exciting time harvest is and how many people it actually takes to make it work including family and friends.
We started at noon June 4 with two older Gleaners L2s I had recently purchased and were similar to what Dad and I had used 20 years ago.
As I cut a moisture sample with Dad on the combine, he took a bite and said it was ready. Yes, of course it was at 12 percent moisture so off we went, two machines running and nine hours later we had knocked a big hole in a 160 acre field I farm west of Stillwater. This with the help of my two sons Pete (17), Jaxon (3), my Dad, Ernie, father and son, Chris and Wes Crane and after 5 truck driver Kyle.
Overnight to quote Scripture -"And then the rains came.” Over a six-day period, we received close to seven-inches of rain and not one complaint from anyone I know – what a blessing. We were able to resume harvest the following Wednesday and, yes, it rained that night so the next Saturday Chris and Wes were able to finish our harvest up. It was fun but glad our harvest is over.
Auctions, you bet, very similar to harvest, auctions require many people to pull them off too and I’m truly blessed to have a fantastic auction crew at times numbering at least 20 people. For the month of June, we have completed eight live real estate auctions, four live equipment auctions, four estate auctions, one online only real estate and four online only personal property auctions. June’s a busy month and July is looking the same. Results are good with land prices very strong as well as used equipment in demand.
I’ll leave you with this from Bill Cosby – a word to the wise is not necessary, it’s the stupid ones who need advice.
Gregg Pickens is a lifetime resident of Stillwater and also a lifetime farmer/rancher and is sole owner of Pickens Auctions-Local Presence/Global Exposure. You may reach Pickens via email at email@example.com or call 405-533-2600.
Cutting wheat and taking bids
Howdy friends and neighbors!
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