High Plains Journal All Aboard Wheat Harvest


Homeward Bound
Megan Roland

8895283761_27d9efa015_tDickinson, North Dakota—Roland Harvesting is finally in the midst of wrapping up the 2015 wheat harvest. The gang has been working their tails off in North Dakota for the last month. The wheat has been phenomenal, with most dryland making around 70 bushels per acre! The high yields in the area have made this stop considerably longer than we had anticipated. Along with the lengthy stop, we began losing crew members in mid-August, as many of them returned to school. Justin was the first to head back home as he began his junior year of high school. One of Brandon’s good college friends, Neil, made the journey from Colorado to help out the crew for the next few weeks. He was definitely a lifesaver and a huge asset to the operation! Last week, Brandon, Joel and Neil headed back to Laramie to begin another year of college at the University of Wyoming. In fact, Brandon will graduate in December with a degree in Agricultural Communication.

With much of the crew leaving, Mom has once again joined the harvest trail, along with two new truckers/combine operators. This weekend, progress has come to a halt as rain set in and the weather turned cool. Fall is certainly on the brink up north! If the weather cooperates, we are hoping to finish in North Dakota later this week. Mom and Dad will then head back home to Nebraska to plant wheat and continue fall harvest. Often times fall harvest does not wrap up until November or December, so there are still a few busy months ahead.

As another wheat season comes to an end, Roland Harvesting is beyond thankful for all of God’s blessings. Our season started off a bit rocky when we lost all of our hired help. However, we were blessed with many hardworking crew members who committed their summers to our harvest operation! As always, we are thankful for our farmers and the work they provide us with so that our livelihood may be kept a reality. I’d also like to give a huge shout out to the sponsors—High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. I’m thankful for their support of our harvest adventures and for understanding the importance of promoting agriculture. Lastly, a special thanks to all of the followers out there. Without you, All Aboard Wheat Harvest would not be able to thrive as it does. Here’s Roland Harvesting signing off on another successful harvest season!

Hillside cutting The rolling hills in western North Dakota make for some challenging cutting at times.

Cutting in a line A view from the third combine.

End of the dayBrandon captures his final sunset in the wheat field before heading back to college.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Roland Harvesting can be reached at megan@allaboardharvest.com.

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