I left at about 10:30 on the morning of the 24th of September to meet Mike and Brian Berteig, long time REM grainvac users, for a day of combining. The drive was interesting because I haven’t driven around SK a lot by myself, and even less on minor highways and back roads. It was an experience to say the least.
I arrived a little later than planned to find two combines out in the field. I believe both were JD S670’s, which Mike later told me held 300 bushels a piece. I found the first fellow I could and asked if I was in the right place - I was, and if he was Mike - which he was not. He told me Mike was out in the combine and that I could just go jump in, no problem. I noticed he was heading back my way so I waited for him to pass by and did so.
We talked a lot about combines, of course. He explained just about everything I could think of to ask and a lot more; starting with how it worked and the different types of headers and ad-ons for them, to opportunities for REM in the future. Mike told me about his operation and the different crops they grow, including durum and chick peas. I had the chance to see the combine plug up after driving through a patch of durum that wasn’t quite mature, and subsequently, how he unplugged it.
After some time Mike decided he was going to move on to chick peas and gave me a lift over to where his brother, Brian, was combining so I could climb in with him for a bit. From what I understood Brian was the grainvac user at their operation, so I also wanted to get his thoughts on our new GrainVac VRX. Turns out he really likes it. He said some of the really nice things about the VRX are how quiet it is compared to other vacs, how much capacity it offers and that they haven't had any issues with it, always a plus! All in all, it sounds like he approves of the improvements we've made!
I'd like to say a big thanks to Mike and Brian for letting me ride along for the day and see what harvest is all about, and I wish them all the best with their harvest! To everyone else, keep on vaccing!