Earlier last week I helped Will in the field. We are getting to the home stretch of harvest and Will needed someone to run the auger wagon for a few days. So my job was to pull up beside him when the combine was full and fill my wagon.
Then I would drive to the bagger and unload the corn into the bag. It was really pretty fun. And I wanted to take a video of unloading into the bag because I just think that is so cool, but I forgot.
So that was my job. All day, I would watch for Will’s auger to come out, then hustle over to unload the combine. Now, there may have been a time or two when I got preoccupied with my phone and I was a little slow to realize he was waiting on me, but hey, good help is hard to find.
Luckily for Will, Rhett came to take over for me after school got out.
The first day Rhett took over for me, I decided to ride a round or two with him to make sure he would get along okay.
And I was so glad I did because the moon came up and it was just beautiful.
Plus, I learned a very valuable lesson. Did you know that combines now a days have this handy little feature that alerts the tractor driver when the combine is full? Well, I didn’t either. But as we were waiting in the field for Will to get full, I noticed that his lights had come on and I was chuckling a little to myself because I noticed he had accidentally turned his flashers on. Poor Will.
I thought it was a little odd that the flashers would go on for about 5 seconds then off for five then on for five, etc. Rhett commented that maybe that meant his combine was full and maybe we should drive over to unload. “Oh no,” I said. “I think your dad just accidentally turned the flashers on.”
Then I got a text from Will: The flashing lights are for tractor drivers who can’t figure out when the combine is full.
Who knew?! You learn something every day…