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 The day we arrived to Olney, TX, we were greeted with unseasonably chilly weather for this area and overcast skies. By the time we off hooked the campers and got some supper rounded up, a nasty lightning storm was underway.

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The guys getting the equipment unloaded thought they were going to get struck by the lightening. Thankfully it started raining and the lightening went away for the most part.

Welcome back to the All Aboard Wheat Harvest blog!

All Aboard will be making a few changes this year. We have a new sponsor, Syngenta but we'll have the same coverage of wheat harvest you've come to expect. Syngenta is one of the world's leaders in agriculture and we welcome them aboard.

In 2012 we'll be bringing back Jada, Emma, and Megan. We'll also see the reins passed from Jenna to younger Zeorian harvesters Taylor and Callie. Stephanie Osowski will join the crew this summer, and we'll follow the North Dakota based Osowski crew as they move from Oklahoma to North Dakota.

This year marks a special year for Hoffman Harvesting. It’s our 40th Anniversary! So we are celebrating this year with pride.

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By now, you would think we would be done having surprises in our profession and know what to expect; however, we were proved wrong once again. This year came earlier than we ever remember. I kind of feel like we dropped everything and left May 5- but that isn't entirely true. Last year, I will confess that was the case for me. I came home to a debacle. So I made sure that I started getting ready earlier this year. The proof is in how much is packed in my camper. The more time you have- the more you pile in it!

 It's that time of year again. Time to get the combines rolling and the crews to the field.

The crews will be sharing their experiences as their custom crews move from Texas on north throughout the summer months.

We encourage all of our fans to be as interactive as possible. Our correspondents love to see your feedback. Follow us on Twitter, “Like” us on Facebook, and catch our videos on YouTube. We also have a Flickr account where award-winning photos from years past are located and where new photos will be uploaded. While we anxiously await new sights of harvest enjoy a recap of some of the best photos of last harvest.

On the evening of October 13th The History Channel revealed their newest show, “Harvest,” to the entire nation. Featuring three diverse harvest crews, including my family’s (Roland Harvesting), this hour-long premiere has initiated quite the controversial buzz in the world of agriculture. Throughout the four episodes of watching and analyzing “Harvest,” I personally experienced a variety of feelings from anticipation to nervousness to excitement to annoyance to surprise and finally ending with contentment.

Being in front of the cameras and seeing the other side of things certainly gave our crew and family a different perspective on this show. The film crew followed us for multiple weeks throughout the summer and they spent hundreds of hours collecting raw footage from the field. Although the film crew had their own agenda, they often times worked the same long, hard hours as we did and endured the heat and dust to capture just the perfect shots. (Unfortunately, due to History Channel’s request, I was not able to post any information about the film crew with us this summer. It truly was quite an experience to see how they operated around all of their equipment!)