Neil called me to ask if I had a metal detector that could detect a piece of equipment that fell off his swather and ended up in a windrow on 40 acres of canola crop. His windrows were about six feet wide and roughly three feet high and I told him that I did have a metal detector that could possibly find it! I told Neil that this would be a great test for my detector and that I would do my best to find the crop lifter.
We both agreed to meet. Neil told me he had to find that crop lifter before he could continue to combine his crop. The first day we spent approximately five hours riding on a quad going at a snail pace down the windrow, Neil driving and me riding shotgun. No luck.
Second day out; No Luck.
Yesterday Neil called me again to see if I was able to come out today and try again because time is running out and he wants his crop in the bins. I told him I would be there around 9:30. Neil told me I would be riding with his brother Owen this time. Owen and I started out from where we last left off a few days back and after a couple of hours of going up and down five windrows, bingo I found the crop lifter. Owen was very happy and now he and Neil can continue to finish harvesting.
As you can see I’m always open to a challenge and believe me this one was a real challenge. If that piece of equipment had been picked up by the combine that could have been one major expense and down time for them.
Thanks Neil and Owen! I had a great time ridding shotgun.