Fortunately, the blustery sunshine dries the grain quickly and Farmer Humph is, in general, more concerned about the Mercator getting wet than the barley! Barley straw holds the moisture well which slows down combining, but we are making steady progress. Better still, during a trip to Manns of Saxham for new cutter guides, I found a new cabless combine in our price range!
Only joking Mercator! Much to the surprise of the other customer (sporting a Claas fleece - free with a brand new combine), not only do Claas still make Mercator parts, but according to the engineer, there are in fact three or four people locally who come to Manns for Mercator parts every year. Three or four? It's nice to know we're not alone.
..'Humphrey', 'Herefords', 'Humbug', 'Harvest' and 'FPU 732H', the Mighty Mercator's year of registration. Here it is back out in the fields for its 2014 test run. Thank you to Brad Farm Machinery for making this possible and allowing me to run in and grab new lifters at 5.02pm. I had been patiently following a tractor hauling grain, then a grain lorry, then another tractor, patiently not yelling: "You don't understand! I want to be harvesting too!". H is also for...Harvest Diva.