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The Mattson Farms 2017 Harvest Scrapbook
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Chester, Montana – 
It’s pretty quiet on the farm today…everyone is enjoying a well-deserved break in the action! The Mattson Farm’s 2017 harvest is in the books! We finished on Wednesday (8/16) afternoon at 3:08 pm. I know this because we had a “pool” set up with everyone’s guess. I was off by about six hours; I guessed 9 pm. 

This has been a great adventure! I haven’t been a part of a large crew since 1981. That was the last summer I was part of Hancock’s Custom Combining (my dad and grandpa). I thoroughly enjoyed all of the activity, the interaction of the larger crew and all the laughing! It gets a bit quiet when it’s just the two of us. The days seem to go much faster when there is chatter on the two-way and lots of movement in the field. And when we all gathered in the garage for the evening meal, it was fun getting to know everyone on a more personal level. I honestly feel like we’ve benefited from this experience way more than we could have ever thought possible. 

Thank you to the entire Mattson crew for making Jim and me feel so welcome! For giving us the opportunity to do something instead of nothing (because we had no acres of our own to cut). For the additions to our Christmas card list!! And…Jim never had to pick up a grease gun once!
(video credit Jim Zeorian)


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Last morning of the 2017 Mattson Farms harvest.

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Last morning of the 2017 Mattson Farms harvest.

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Mynhardt putting fuel in “my” combine.

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Jim looks pretty serious while dumping his last truckload.

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Let the celebration begin!

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The entire Mattson Farms 2017 crew (Ahmia, Kennedy and Gabe are missing).

So, because the crew is so much larger and because the only pictures I ever share are my own, I asked the crew to send me some of their favorite ones to share with you. I thought this would be a good opportunity to see something a little different than what I typically include in my updates.
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The orchestra leader, Vince. (photo credit Jim Zeorian)

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The day the kids from the city came to the farm to learn about harvest…and it rained. (photo credit Vince Mattson)

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Vince and Connor. (photo credit Vince Mattson)

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Vince and a few of the crew – Johnathan, Travis and Mynhardt. (photo credit Vince Mattson)

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(photo credit Travis Naillon)

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(photo credit Travis Naillon)

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(photo credit Megan Mattson Hedges)

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Morning huddle – Johnathan, Travis, Vince & Mynhardt (photo credit Megan Mattson Hedges)

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Eliza (photo credit Megan Mattson Hedges)

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Brody (photo credit Megan Mattson Hedges)

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Eliza and Brody riding with their mama (Megan). (photo credit Megan Mattson Hedges)

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(photo credit Koos)

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(photo credit Koos)

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In front of the “party bus”. Vince in front. Back left to right – Mynhardt, Travis, Koos and Johnathan. (photo credit Koos)


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Vince & Jim. (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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Kerry & Connor. (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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Kerry & Brie. (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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Janice and Connor. (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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Janice and Connor. (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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Evening chores – Johnathan and Mynhardt. (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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Kerry and Eliza. (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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Morning coffee – Jim and me. (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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Morning coffee with the truck drivers – Butch, Bill, Al and William. (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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(photo credit to Kerry Mattson)

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Connor  (photo credit to Kerry Mattson)


(video credit Jim Zeorian)

(video credit Jim Zeorian)
All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Tracy Zeorian can be reached at zcrew@allaboardharvest.com.
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3 Responses to The Mattson Farms 2017 Harvest Scrapbook
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  1. Great post Tracy! Loved the videos! That country is so wide open pic’s don’t do it justice! Do the Mattson’s farm everything that you guys have been cutting or do they harvest for other people?

    • Why thank you, Rob! I’ll make sure and tell the videographer what you said about his videos. 🙂 The country is absolutely beautiful and such HUGE fields!! It’s amazing to see and if there’s ever a place to see wide open country and lots and lots of acres…this is the place to head to. Everything we cut was theirs. They don’t do any custom harvesting. And to be a part of their operation was the BEST!

  2. What amazing pictures! What amazing land! We’ve been thinking about you and wondering how the summer treated you and your crops. Looked pretty good! Love the pictures of your darling grandkids. Won’t be long until they are driving their own machines. Congrats to all on a job well done!

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