I’ve spent more time in northwestern Ohio the last two weeks than at any time in my career, or at any time at all. The first week it was for a journalism training event where reporters studied the Maumee River watershed.

The second week, it was a two-day jaunt through Bowling Green and Bryan, Ohio, to learn about the Spangler Candy Company and their connection to agriculture. I’ve been out of my office the past few days more than I’ve been in it.

In fact, the past few days it’s felt a little more like the road was my office and for a while, it truly was. When I’m traveling to a distant place, I try to find other assignments I can do along the way. This time, it was hunt down some combines.

On my way west June 20, I found a couple Massey Ferguson Combines. One was near Bucyrus along U.S. Route 30, and the other just outside Findlay. It was about the earliest many of these guys had ever combined wheat and they were concerned the dry spring has probably lessened their yields.

Combining with Mike Schnitkey in Henry County.

But most everyone I talked to said what they were taking off was dry — around 13 percent moisture — which is usually considered harvest-ready.

On my way back, just one day later, I saw many more combines rolling and I found a green one — for those of you who like John Deere. I saw one Gleaner on my way out there parked along a wheat field, but on my way back the field was harvested and the Gleaner was nowhere to be found.

I love to see combines in action and I could write a lot more about my road trip, but I think I’ll just let the pictures do the talking. These are some big machines and in the next few days they’re going to be roaming the whole state.

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.
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