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Full-blown harvest mode
Z Crew

Shattuck, Oklahoma—It has been a slow start but we’re in the field! The weather’s dried up and we’ve been in full-blown harvest mode, and it’s crazy how time can get away from you. Over the week Mom and Dad have been able to get roughly 600 acres cut with the help of Adams Harvesting crew stepping in with a second machine and truck. Wheat’s being cut and other than that there’s not a whole lot to report on. The wheat is very short, a result of the drought. Test weight is 50 at best and it’s yielding just terrible.

I took supper out to the field a couple nights ago because they were cutting fairly close to town. I made “Hungry Jack Casserole.” It was a hit! Even for the “picky” eaters. It’s an old recipe and very simple. I’ll include it at the end of the post!

Callie and I did take time out last night to see a movie at the drive-in theater here in Shattuck. I wish we had one around home! It was such a treat to sit under the stars on the tailgate of a pickup and watch a movie on the big screen.

I pray we can continue to stay in the field. Thankfully the weather looks like it’s going to cooperate.

Z Crew: Such a pretty sight
That’s the sight I’ve been waiting to see for about 11 months! Anthony Adams of Adams Harvesting has stepped in to help us get this wheat out so we can get up north as soon as possible. His truck is on the far left and that’s his red combine.

Z Crew: Couple of cuties
Callie and Mama—They’re the cutest.

Z Crew: Jimbo's plate
Jimbo liked the casserole. He’d never come right out and say it but I think it’s one of his favorites.

Z Crew: Hungry Jack Casserole

Hungry Jack Casserole (Picky Eater Approved)
1 pound hamburger
1/2 onion, diced
16 ounces pork and beans
3/4 cup BBQ sauce
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 can biscuits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brown hamburger. Add onions, pork and beans, BBQ sauce, brown sugar and cheddar cheese to the hamburger. Mix on low heat until the mixture begins to bubble and simmer. Poor mixture into greased 9 x 13. Separate can of biscuits and put ’em right on top of the hamburger mixture. Bake at 350 until biscuits are done!

Z Crew: Field Meal
My favorite way to enjoy a home-cooked meal is off the tailgate of a pickup.

Z Crew: Mud's got ya down
Anthony got himself into a bit of a pickle but was easily pulled out.

Z Crew: unloading grain from one combine to the other
To lighten his combine, Anthony unloaded the wheat he had in his grain tank into Dad’s header. The grain ran from Dad’s header into his grain tank.

Z Crew: Get by with a little help from a friend
Farmer helped us out and brought over the “Big Blue Tractor.” Pulling out that combine was no problem for it. The tractor now serves as a visual landmark so we can find where Mom and Dad are cutting. Ha!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. The Z Crew can be reached at zcrew@allaboardharvest.com.

Wet wheat and a day in the city
Z Crew

Shattuck, Oklahoma—Well, folks, we tried it yesterday. And it’s still too wet. On the bright side, the weather forecast for Shattuck looks like it’ll be hot and dry for the next week or so. Late yesterday afternoon, the moisture tested at 14 percent. Test weight is 52, which is very poor. The elevator closest to the field won’t accept such a low test weight, so when we do get to harvest the wheat it will have to be hauled to the Shattuck elevator almost 20 miles away. The high humidity and clouds we’ve got today don’t help with the drying process.

Tomorrow marks one week since we pulled into town. Callie and I are starting to go stir crazy. We were able to convince Mom to take us to Oklahoma City on Monday. We visited the Channel 9 News station and hung out with Leslie Smith, the farm broadcaster for K101. After a full tour of the station, Leslie even did an interview with me regarding this summer’s harvest and my work for All Aboard Harvest. If you’re interested in her article and our interview you can find it here.

After the news station we made our way downtown to tour the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. It’s been quite a few years since we were there. This winter Callie did a big presentation for her American Experience class about the OKC bombing, so it was interesting revisiting the site after she had done so much research about the event. If you’ve never made it to the memorial and museum, I highly recommend making the trip. It’s extremely moving and informative.

On our way home that evening we took Route 66 to Elk City to visit the Misener crew. Man, I love those guys. They’re always so inviting and make sure we’re fed and taken care of. And you can almost always guarantee they have a place for you to sleep if you’re too tired to make the trip home. We visited for a few hours and made it back to Shattuck around 1 a.m. It was a bi-i-i-g day! I think after such a big day that was the best I’ve slept since we’ve been here.

Mom and Dad will try the wheat again this afternoon. Oklahoma is in need of prayers. We need prayers for dry wheat, prayers for protection from flooding and prayers for safety in the field. I hope we can get into the field today and get that wheat out!

Z Crew: Poor crop
You can see the sparseness of the wheat by this photo looking down at my boots. It just isn’t very thick.

Z Crew: Wheat head
The wheat heads are long and look good but the berries inside are shriveled up and light.

Z Crew: Mud scrapin'
After walking through the field Dad had to scrape mud off his boots. Definitely not a good sign when you’re looking to harvest.

Z Crew: Leslie
Leslie Smith grew up in Colorado, worked in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, for a while and is now in OKC working as the farm broadcaster for the greater part of Oklahoma. Such a nice gal!

Z Crew: Broadcasting
This is where the farm broadcasting magic happens! 

Z Crew: LIVE!
Callie, who is going into her senior year of high school, has expressed interest in broadcasting. She really enjoyed the tour and learning more about it!

Z Crew: Murrah Building
On April 19, 1995, The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed by a “homegrown terrorist”; 168 people lost their lives and many, many were injured and impacted. This exhibit shows the only remaining letters found in the rubble from the original sign outside of the building after the bombing.

Z Crew: Looking at exhibits
Callie led the way through the museum, stopping on occasion to pull me aside and point out an interesting piece of information she thought I should read.

Z Crew: Animated explanation
This interactive screen enabled visitors to click on different people and learn about their role in search and rescue. Behind Callie you can see an animated image of what the Murrah Building looked like following the bombing.

Z Crew: the fence
Mom has been through the museum at least three times now. Each time it doesn’t get any easier. In the above photo she was looking at a small piece of the chain link fence that originally was around the perimeter of the site, keeping people away from the impacted area. After being set up around the bombed building, the fence soon began collecting emotional memorabilia in remembrance of the many children and adults killed.

Z Crew: 9:01 time of bombing
9:01 a.m. marks the time of the bombing, when the country was innocent. At 9:01 the Murrah federal building was buzzing like a beehive. Office workers sat at their desks, meetings were in session and the last couple kids were dropped off at the daycare housed on the second floor. Sitting to the east of the 9:01 memorial lies a reflection pool. The pool lays the length of the street that was in front of the building where the bomber parked the U-Haul truck that carried the homemade bomb. At the end of the short street sits the 9:03 memorial, almost identical to the one above, the time that marks when the country was changed forever.

Z Crew: Survivor Tree
Nine rows of chairs sit where the Murrah building used to stand. One hundred sixty-eight chairs, large chairs representing adults and small chairs representing children, face north toward the reflection pool and the Survivor Tree. The Survivor Tree is an American Elm that stood strong on that April morning among burning cars, blasted out windows and crumbling buildings.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. The Z Crew can be reached at zcrew@allaboardharvest.com.

Z Crew: Let’s hit the road, Jim
Z Crew

headshot2Manley, NE: Ahh…Back in the saddle again! It feels great to have my blogging hat on once again. I’ve definitely missed it! The weather is warming up, the thunderheads are moving in and the wheat down in the southern states is starting to turn. Have the last eight months flown by for you too?

If you’re just now jumping on the All Aboard train, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Taylor Zeorian. I’m daughter number three (of four) for the Zeorian Harvesting crew. This will be my 20th summer on the wheat harvest run.

My family’s story begins all the way back in 1974 when my great-grandma asked my mom (Tracy) if she’d like to go along on the harvest run with her and Great-Grandpa Hancock. A year later she met my dad (Jim) for the first time, a hired man for her grandparent’s crew. They were married in 1982.

In the fall of ’82 Dad spent his entire life savings on a combine and the rest is history! My oldest sister, Jamie, was born in 1985 and Jenna in 1988. Up until 1990, Mom stayed home during the summer with Jamie and Jenna while Dad and Grandpa left to chase the crops. That summer, for the first time as a family, Mom, Dad, Jamie and Jenna packed the trailer, loaded the combine and headed south.

In the fall of 1994, the Zeorian family was blessed with a beautiful baby girl that would complete their lives and fill their hearts full of love. And then in the fall of 1997 my little sister, Callie, was born. And we’ve been on the road every summer since.

Jamie was married in April 2011 to Curt. They have now provided the two most adorable babies in the entire world to our family. My nephew, Eli, turned 2 in April and Nora was born in December 2014. Their family stays home during the summer in eastern Nebraska (where the rest of the family resides in the off season). Jenna had to make the tough decision two years ago to stay home during the summer months. However, she remains working in the ag world for CLAAS of North America.

Callie and I are the daughters who remain to support the small harvest crew composed of Mom and Dad. Our operation consists of one combine and two trucks. We don’t hire any outside help because Dad’s stubborn and knows we can do it on our own. Mom and Dad make up the combine and truck drivers. They switch jobs on occasion. As the support crew, our daily activities involve cooking, cleaning and fighting. On occasion I help Dad load the combine for moving days, pull the header or trailer house and make parts runs to nearby towns, if need be.

We look forward to heading south to western Oklahoma within the next couple weeks. According to a Miami, Oklahoma, news source, a year after the worst wheat crop in 50 years the 2015 crop looks to more than double the bushels produced in 2014. Having adequate moisture and temperatures remaining under 80 degrees play the most important roles in the crop’s bushel count. As long as the weather doesn’t drastically stir up 110 degree days, Oklahoma is looking to have a promising crop. In regard to the crop in the western (or the Panhandle) part of the state, it won’t come in as strong as it normally would but we hope to have a promising first stop on this leg of the All Aboard Harvest train.

 

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Funnily enough, the photo above was supposed to be used as our 2014 Christmas card photograph. But life happened and a Zeorian Christmas card was never sent out!
(Left to Right: Curt, Jamie [and Nora], Callie, Jim, Tracy and Eli, Taylor, [Taylor’s boyfriend] Colten, Jenna, [Jenna’s boyfriend] Mat.

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And then a few weeks later…ta-da! Nora was born on Dec. 5, 2014. Eli wasn’t sure what to think of his new competition. Now, Eli and Nora are best friends.

Easter 2015: The whole Zeorian Crew posed for a photo following Easter church services.
(Top Row/Left to Right): Colten, Taylor, Callie, Jenna, Mat (Bottom Row): Jim, Tracy, Nora, Jamie, Eli, Curt

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. The Z Crew can be reached at zcrew@allaboardharvest.com.

Megan: Another Season in the Books
Megan Roland

 Although AAWH is wrapping up for another year, the harvest season for the Roland’s is far from over. The crew is currently stuck in North Dakota trying to finish up our final wheat stop. Intermittent rain showers have made this an uphill battle and it looks like the end is still a long ways off. Brandon, Jose, and Eric will leave tomorrow to return to Laramie, Wyo. On Sept. 3rd they will start their senior year of college at the University of Wyoming. All three are majoring in different areas of agriculture, making harvest an important cornerstone for their future. Mom, Dad, and Jake will knock out the rest of our work in North Dakota, then return home to begin planting winter wheat. Fall crops, including sunflowers, millet, and corn, will be ready shortly thereafter. Fall harvest around home can often drag on until November or December, and by then Mom and Dad will be ready for a nice, long break!

This weekend Ashley, Kurt, and I were able to reunite with the family in North Dakota. We had a successful day of cutting with the 3 of us kids operating the 3 combines. Even though Ashley and I are no longer on the road full-time, we are able to hop into the combines, tractors, or trucks and pick up where we left off. Having the opportunity to work side by side with my parents, brother, and sister is an extremely rewarding experience. The radio chatter made the day fly by and it felt like old times again.

An enormous thank you to High Plains Journal and New Holland for their wonderful sponsorship of AAWH 2014! In addition, we would like to offer a special thank you to New Holland’s Harvest Support. They are an a valuable asset to us as custom harvesters and New Holland as a corporation. As always, a heartfelt thank you is also deserved by our faithful customers who keep Roland Harvesting going year after year! And not to get all sappy, but lastly I want to recognize my parents – Alan and Loretta – who have built Roland Harvesting into the successful business that it is today. Our family has embraced all the challenges, triumphs, and hardships that have come our way over the years. Without all their hard work Roland Harvesting wouldn’t have the legacy and pride it has today.

New Holland
Roland Harvesting represents New Holland at its finest.

Cutting at dusk
After a long day in the field there is nothing more peaceful than a gorgeous view like this. 

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Megan can be reached at megan@allaboardharvest.com.

Z Crew: A Farewell to Summer Harvest 2014
Z Crew

headshot2Jordan, MT/Louisville, NE: Summer 2014 started a little rocky. Without jobs in Texas or Oklahoma due to drought/frost, no one really knew what the rest of the season would be like. Thankfully, it was better than most expected and some farmers even had the best crops they’ve ever seen. Harvest crews stayed busy for the most part. Mom and Dad had been able to stay in the field without issues until the rain hit Montana a couple days ago and now the last field with only half a day of work is sitting after almost 10 inches of rain.

Mom and Dad are at a standstill for the moment but as soon as the wheat is able to be cut they hope to maybe pick up a little extra work and then make the 900 mile drive home. Fall harvest will be starting around home before we know it. College football season has started and the local apple orchards are getting ready for their fall festivals. I’m excited for my second favorite time of year (summer is always #1) to be underway but I’m even more excited to have my parents home again.

I start my sophomore year of college on Tuesday and look forward to another year of learning. Just yesterday I received my acceptance letter into the University of Nebraska at Omaha so I can transfer there this spring to begin classes towards my elementary education major. I’ve been waitressing at the local cafe but am still searching for a job where I can count on a regular paycheck. It’s no fun growing up but I thank my parents every day for the life skills they taught me, especially during harvest time. Work hard and get the job done. Don’t be afraid to talk to people; make connections for networking. Be personable. Put more money in the bank than you take out. God and family always come first. Good food makes people happy.

From all of us in the Z Crew we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining our summer adventures. You have no idea what your support in agriculture means to us. Have a safe and prosperous fall and we’ll see you in the spring! God bless.

Taylor; Louisville, NE
Jamie, Curt, Eli and Callie; down the block Louisville, NE
Jenna; Boone, IA – Farm Progress Show
Jim and Tracy; Jordan, MT

Z Crew: Washing hands

Dad has used old laundry soap bottles as make-shirt hand washing stations for as long as I can remember. He’s a crafty guy.

Z Crew: Montana
Views like this make eastern Montana my favorite stop. I already miss it.

Z Crew: Grain truck view
Mom snapped this pictures from the back of the grain truck! Quite the view!

Z Crew: Cutting before dark
Cutting before dusk.

Z Crew: Maters
I’ve got lots of tomatoes on my hands! This second batch will be canned later this week.

Z Crew: Late night work
I stay busy chasing around this guy. When he works night shifts and then has a night off his hours are all messed up. Hanging out in the garage at 2am is sometimes the only time I can see him.

Z Crew: Eli James
I took Eli to our local splash park the other day. We had a great time. I can’t wait until his little brother or sister is born and they can join us.

Z Crew: 2014
The Z Crew looks forward to a bountiful fall harvest, a (hopefully) refreshing winter, and we’ll see you again in the spring. Until then, God Bless and stay safe!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. The Z Crew can be reached at zcrew@allaboardharvest.com.

Steph: Where Does the Time Go?
Steph Osowski

StephNEW_thumbnailBrandon and I joke that the two and a half days it takes to reach our first harvest destination feel as though it takes the same amount of time as the entire harvest run. It may have started out as a joke, but it has evolved into the real deal. Once we get our headers in the field and our heads back in harvest mode, time has a way of escaping us and next thing we know, we are rolling back into our hometown. We consider ourselves lucky to experience this because it’s a subconscious reminder that we love what we do.

Harvest around home is going to start soon, I promise! I know I keep saying that but Mother Nature always has a plan of her own. The 10 acre patch of barley is all we have completed so far but…alright, I’m not going to jinx it and say when we might harvest, we will just go with SOON. I think I speak for everyone in all of Walsh County when I say the harvest anticipation has hit maximum capacity!

Since graduating college in May, I have been asked one question countless times; “Well, now what are you gonna do?” I know I have given countless answers (backpack across Europe, become a country singer, the usual post-college solutions), but I now have somewhat of a plan! I have accepted a position to assist in the construction of a new seed conditioning plant that is being built in my hometown. This will allow me to stick around throughout harvest and still help dad as much as I can, while still joining the adult world. I also have a trip to Australia planned for the middle of September for two weeks and cannot contain my excitement! It’s bound to be a flurry of a fall.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all our readers out there. The readers are what makes this whole project worthwhile. Sparking those harvest memories in others and hearing about them is definitely one of my favorite aspects of it. I have loved the opportunity to be a member of the AAWH crew for the past few years. Who knows, maybe I’ll be back next year too! I don’t rule anything out of my future plans these days. Biggest thanks go out to High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture for making this all possible!

Until next time, happy harvest!

Quote of the Day: “Grind em till you find em.”

You might be a harvester if…once you experience harvest, nothing can keep you away from it.

Here are my favorite photos from the year!

Favorite. St. Francis, Kan.

St. Francis, Kan.

Favorite. St. Francis, Kan.

St. Francis, Kan.

Favorite. St. Francis, Kan.

St. Francis, Kan.

Favorite. Jet, Okla.

Jet, Okla.

Favorite. St. Francis, Kan.

St. Francis, Kan.

Favorite. St. Francis, Kan.

St. Francis, Kan.

Favorite. Hemingford, Neb.

Hemingford, Neb.

Favorite. Hemingford, Neb.

Hemingford, Neb.

Crew photo of 2013.

Crew photo 2013! Osowski Ag Service thanks everyone for the opportunity to share our lifestyle and stories from the harvest trail!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Steph can be contacted at stephanie@allaboardharvest.com.

Is it the end already?
Emma Misener

 This year has been one for the books. It was a hard summer considering we had nothing to cut, but it has been a great blessing as well. Since we were stuck at home, we were able to catch up on a lot of things we have put on the back burner. The biggest project was restoring Dad’s antique tractors. Mom has decided, with the help of Dan and I, to have an auction and sell what Dad called his “retirement.” It is going to be hard on all of us to let them go. I kind of hate to see the “ol’ girls” go, as Dad would say.

Emma: End of 2014
Mid-November is the tentative time for the auction. If you would like to, click this link and see what we have to sell. Pictures will be up soon and the website will be updated as we progress toward the sale date.

There are a lot of things I do not like about this time of year. Everything seems to be ending. It is time for Austin to go back to school as well. It has been a good time having him around and we are glad that he was able to come. I know I have used the word “bittersweet”  in pretty much every closing post, but I cannot find a better word to describe it.

Thank you avid followers. It is you who make my job worth it! A big thanks to High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture for making AAWH possible. This year has been very unpredictable. We have leaned on our faith throughout this year’s ups and downs and we will continue to lean on Him to lead us through. I am very hopeful for what the future might bring and look forward to next years wheat harvest!

Until then, please be safe and God bless you and yours!

Emma: AAWH 2014 shirts
(L to R) Austin, Kristy (aka Momma Misener), Me, Dan and the dogs, Heidi and Jesse.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Emma can be reached at emma@allaboardharvest.com

North Dakota Nonsense
Megan Roland

Dickinson, N.D. – The crew officially started wheat harvest in North Dakota about two weeks ago. The days have been filled with sampling, cutting, sitting in rain, and moving around to find dry (and ripe) fields. Intermittent rain showers have dampened our spirits and significantly slowed down progress. However, our farmer has a few drying bins so once the rain stops we typically get back into the fields quickly. The wheat that is placed in the drying bins can be up to 22% moisture. With such flexibility we can get back to cutting several hours, or often days, before we usually can. It sure beats playing the “babysitting game” of waiting for the 13.5% moisture that most elevators require. Even though the grain is dry enough to thrash, the fields are often still a mess from the downpours. Mud and tow ropes seem to be a common theme for Roland Harvesting this summer. As you may have guessed, within this post you will find more of our infamous “stuck” pictures.

Since this is the last stop of wheat harvest, several other challenges arise as the end of summer creeps closer. After months of living with coworkers, driving endless miles, working extensive hours, and surviving stressful situations each person is tested with every passing day. The crew is exhausted, tempers run high, patience wears thin, and some days are just plain rough. But even with these various challenges the crew sticks together and is able to push through the hardships. Jokes across the CB radio, milkshakes with dinner, and support amongst one another are little things that help pull the crew out of this slump. Brandon, Jose, and Eric have about a week left before they have to return to Wyoming to begin another year of college. Everyone is trying knock out as many acres as possible before part of the crew is lost. Don’t worry, working under pressure is what Roland Harvesting does best!

Beautiful stubble
When the weather cooperates we are able conquer big ol’ fields like this one.

Rainbow to finish off the day
However, when the storms start rolling in the entire operation is effected. The combines have been shut many half days due to rain and have only sat completely idol for two full days.

Unloading
Jose races to get the grain cart unloaded before it starts to downpour.

CR stuck
And with the rain comes mud. Brandon was the first to get stuck in North Dakota.

Combine being pulled out
Thankfully, our farmer’s tractor came to the rescue!

Standing water
Yep, that’s standing water.

Tractor stuck
After Brandon, it was Jose’s turn to get stuck.

Truck stuck
And then came the semi’s chance.

Tracks
Here’s the aftermath. The crew was crossing through a pasture to get to the next field and instead spent the next couple hours playing in the mud.

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When we are able to get cutting most fields have been yielding between 50 to 60 bushels per acre with tests weights around 62 pounds.

Cutting away
Life is good.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Megan can be reached at megan@allaboardharvest.com.

Multistate Operation
Megan Roland

 Dickinson, N.D./Powell, Wyo./Hemingford, Neb. – The past couple weeks have been a blur for Roland Harvesting. Countless hours of driving and thousands of miles have been logged in the last 2 weeks as we’ve been steadily working in 3 states. Brandon, Jose, and Matt kicked off the adventure about 16 days ago as they left Hemingford, Neb. and moved near Casper, Wyo. This area lacked moisture throughout much of the growing season, which drastically impacted the wheat. The yields hung around 20 bushels per acre with test weights running 58 to 60 pounds. Jake came to Casper to finish up while the boys did a little switcheroo. Brandon, Jose, and Matt trekked back to the farm in Hemingford, loaded up the combines and with the help of Mom moved up to Dickinson, N.D. After unloading the combines and dropping trailers, the crew ventured back to Hemingford for the tractor and grain trailers. After a quick night of sleep and a whole pot of coffee later, the boys hit the road again at sunrise and made it to Dickinson with the last of the equipment.

Meanwhile, Jake finished up near Casper and moved to Worland, Wyo. to start barley harvest. Upon wrapping up in Worland, Jake moved to Powell, Wyo. to continue harvesting malting barley. While Jake kept busy in Wyo. and as the boys settled into N.D., Mom and Dad held the fort down at home in Hemingford. The last couple weeks there have been a constant battle with Mother Nature. They have been trying to finish up the last of the spring wheat but constant rain showers have delayed their efforts. Earlier this week the spring wheat was finally conquered and Dad journeyed up to Dickinson to join the rest of the crew. Mom remains at home for the next few days to prepare summer fallow for planting in a couple weeks. We usually plant our winter wheat at home in early to mid September so things are really starting to sneak up on us.

Loaded up and headed north
The crew loads up again and heads north for our final wheat stop.

Equipment all lined up
The harvest equipment made it to North Dakota piece by piece and trip by trip. We set up “home base” near our farmer’s yard to keep things organized until we began cutting. 

Matt cooking at the camper
Matt shows off his grill-master skills outside the camper. On August 16th the crew said good-bye to Matt as he ventured back to Wyoming to begin some early college classes. Matt has become a “super trucker” and has truly been a vital part of Roland Harvesting this summer!

Green spots
Due to the wet summer in North Dakota, many fields still have green spots.

Cutting before the storm rolls in
However, our farmer knew just where to take us to find ripe wheat! We were able to cut for a few hours until those clouds let loose and down poured.

Eric is back!
With Matt’s absence Roland Harvesting was in a bit of a bind. Eric, one of our truck drivers from last summer, offered to help us out for a couple weeks since his summer job finished up early. Eric met up with the crew a few days ago and jumped right back into work.

Jose and eric watching on
Jose and Eric watch on as Brandon prepares to hook up his header.

Fully loaded at dusk
My favorite time of the day.

Flashback to 2007 barley harvest
Blast to the Past – Flashback to 2007: Mom and Dad harvest malting barley near Worland, Wyo. with the TR combines. We purchased our first CR (a CR 960) in 2005, but for many years the CR did not make the journey to Worland as it was usually tied up in Riverton, Wyo. also combining barley.

For the last 15 years Roland Harvesting has been harvesting malting barley for a family operation in Worland. The 3 brothers run a successful farming business and have been faithful customers that we enjoy seeing year after year. Growing up, it was always one of the last stops before returning to school, making our final days of summer even more special. If a rain day would shut down the combines, our family would load up in the pickup to enjoy some time away in the mountains.

Flashback - cutting barley
Blast to the Past
– Flashback to circa 1996: The crew harvests malting barley near Arco, Idaho. Don’t those mountains make for a breathtaking backdrop?  

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Megan can be reached at megan@allaboardharvest.com.

A Brief Harvest Day
Steph Osowski

StephNEW_thumbnailTen acres down, too many to count to go! Osowski Ag Service was able to get back in the field, if only for a brief time period. When I say brief, I mean a solid half hour of thrashing. A farmer of ours north of town had a ten acre patch of barley that was ready for us to do, but dad and I were optimistic that there had to be something else ready. There were combines moving only a couple miles away so more had to be ready for us too, right? Unfortunately, that was not the case. Hopefully early next week we can get back in the full swing of things!

We are all about shiny, spiffy looking equipment, so that has been my job for the last couple days. My booming height of 5’2″ normally doesn’t bother me, until I start washing large farm equipment. It takes me infinitely longer to wash anything than it does my dad or brother since the time is spent climbing up and down ladders and trying to balance on my tippy toes. We had the radio going in the shop and on that particular radio station, they were going through the big hits of the 80s in alphabetical order. I lived life in the fast lane, on a prayer, and on the edge all in the course of ten minutes.

Quote of the Day: “Well there is a cloud in the sky so yes, there is a ‘possibility’ of rain. Doesn’t mean it’s actually gonna happen.”

You might be a harvester if…washing a car is a cake walk because you are normally washing combines and trucks.

Purple before her wash.

And after!!

Washing the inside of the shield is my least favorite part of washing a combine.

Washing the inside of the shields is by far the messiest, trickiest part of the whole job.

I take my job seriously.

My tools for the day.

My tools of choice for the job.

She shines up real nice.

She cleans up nice!

The difference between fields that are across the road from each other.

The difference in readiness of two wheat fields across the road from each other.

Grass green still.

Still grass green.

Grandpa Hiladore and Dad fixing the rollers on our header.

Grandpa Hiladore and dad fixing on the rollers on the header.

Grandpa :)

Back in the field!!!

Back in the field!!

Some barley.

Barley is a nice change of scenery.

Little change of scenery from wheat.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. Steph can be contacted at stephanie@allaboardharvest.com.