Holdrege, Nebraska – My favorite sunsets take place during fall harvest. I am always so amazed at the many gorgeous sunsets that I get to see through the combine windshield. I can’t believe how quickly the sky changes, too, during a sunset. While harvesting, sunset is the best time of day. That is something my dad, LaVern Schemper, has always said. I try to photograph a really good sunset if I get a chance and it makes me happy to get a good photo because sometimes pictures don’t quite capture what one sees in person!
We put in some long days during fall harvest. Time just flies by when I am so busy for so many consecutive days. It’s a time of year where all I want to do is just work all day, every day until we’re finished. I dearly love the Nebraska fall harvest and am amazed at the production of fall crops. I do harvest some dry land crops, but for the most part almost everything I harvest is irrigated either by a center pivot system or gravity irrigation.
Late in October, we experienced a terrible windstorm. The wind blew for several days and many corn fields were left with bushels on the ground. I heard reports of 40 to 100 bushels per acre of corn on the ground. The wind was statewide but damage varied based on the corn’s growth stage and variety.
We were busy all fall besides having the two rain delays during soybean harvest, an inch of snow on Halloween and another little snow fall on November 7th. Other than that, we are dry and everyone I talk to in the Midwest says they need moisture. We are all wishing for moisture during the off season.
I interviewed with Howard Hale in mid-October and discussed the 411 of harvest. I always enjoy his calls and listening to his daily Harvest USA reports. He is a very talented individual and is from Nebraska too. I listen to his morning and afternoon programs on 880 AM, but they also air on several other farm stations across the nation. I was hoping he’d call again for another interview because we are still harvesting!
We have one field of corn to harvest yet and then we’ll officially be done with harvest 2017. I spent Thanksgiving Day in the combine and really enjoyed it. I didn’t over eat and it was a peaceful holiday. However, I like to enjoy the holidays with family too, but work comes first. I can’t wait for a day off. I’m looking forward to Christmas and spending time with family and I’m sure everyone else is too. It’s the season of giving. However, I like to keep it simple! It’s time to remember the reason for the season. It’s a celebration of Jesus’ birthday. I have a grateful heart and am very inspired. I have to share my favorite verse with you which is “The Farmer’s Verse.”
“To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” — Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.
Overall, I am thankful for the grain that feeds the world and all of the hardworking, dedicated farmers in this great country. Harvest has certainly taught me to be brave. It is a tough life and it’s not for everyone. I have to share another verse that I admire.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9.
I honestly believe this one and more and more day after day.
December is such a fun time of year and when you’re having fun time flies. Basketball season has begun and I’ve enjoyed getting to watch Sierra, Samantha and Sabrina Schemper play basketball.
After the holidays, I look forward to the annual custom harvester’s convention. This year the USCHI convention is January 25-27, 2018 in Grand Island, Nebraska. The trade show and combine meetings are my favorite events. The meals, auction, speakers, scholarships, hall of fame and seeing harvest friends are also highlights of the convention. My brother, JC Schemper, is a USCHI officer (three years) and is running for vice president. My mom, Carlene, is the USCHI scholarship chairman and has been for several years. My parents, LaVern and Carlene Schemper, are lifetime members (since 1983) of the USCHI. The organization was established in 1983 and serves as a link between the harvesters and people we work with, such as farmers, businesses, and state and federal government. If you’d like to become a member or are interested in learning more, please check out www.uschi.com.
One of my recent highlights was receiving my All Aboard Wheat Harvest calendar in the mail! I am very happy with it as it is a beautiful calendar! The photos in the calendar were taken by the AAWH correspondents. My harvest pictures can be found on August and October and also the back cover of the calendar! Please visit hpj.com/store to order your 2018 calendar!
This past harvest was not the greatest due to drought conditions and loss of acres, but I still appreciate what we got to harvest. What I love most about harvest is just being in the field. Whenever I get to the field and Moo and I are walking to the combine, I often times think to myself, “Yeah, we’re in the field!” Also, almost every time we finish a field I say, “yes” and do two fist pumps in the air. Maggie Moo gets just as excited and loves my reaction to finishing “another” field! When you spend as much time in the field as we do, you have to find ways to make it fun! That’s all I’ve got for 2017. Here’s to looking forward to the next harvest season!
I’d like to thank our sponsors John Deere, ITC, Syngenta AgriPro, Unverferth and Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. Thanks again All Aboard Wheat Harvest followers, High Plains Journal and sponsors. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year in 2018! May your paths be straight and your trust be in our sovereign Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.
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and John Deere. Janel Schemper can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org