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Janel: Harvest Finale 2017 – Fall Sunsets – Because when you stop and look around life is pretty amazing.
Janel Schemper

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.

Schemper 2017 - Dry Corn Harvest
Rain clouds.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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LaVern Schemper picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Moo and I ready for another day of work.  Nebraska Corn Harvest 2017. (Photo by Carlene Schemper)
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A beautiful sunset.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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I just wanted to put on the corn header and go but we had to wait for the snow to dry off.  Patience and waiting we did but only for one day!  Schemper Harvesting going to the field in Nebraska on Halloween.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Some said the snow was so pretty but I just wanted to get to the corn field.  Schemper Harvesting going to the field in Nebraska on Halloween.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Combine mirror shot.  My Dad was operating the other combine.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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I see lots of deer during corn harvest.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Moo and I had a snow delay.  We waited for the snow to dry off and to the field we went that afternoon.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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An amazing sunset.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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This was day one of the windstorm.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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My combine shadow!  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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I hauled the tractor grain cart on this trip and Moo rode with me.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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JC Schemper hauling his combine and header north for more corn harvesting.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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What a life!  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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My favorite girl in the world, Maggie Moo.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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I had stopped for supper at the end of the field and these two were cold and so they went running for heat in the combine cab!  Sage is four and Sunder is nine.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Sunder and Sage are my favorites!  They were telling me how excited they were to get to go trick or treating the next day.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Sage is watching and I know someday soon he’ll be the one filling the grain tank!  (Photo by Sunder Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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My favorite girl in the world, Maggie Moo.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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This was one of the most amazing sunsets!  A couple of my favortie colors (pink and purple) filled the sky and it was beautiful! Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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I see deer in almost every field and raccoons and coyotes occasionally too.  Schemper Harvesting picking corn in Nebraska in November.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
Schemper 2017 - Soybean Harvest
Oh my patience was being tested here while waiting in the soybean line at the elevator.  I needed to be in the field and the line was slow and the grain dust was thick.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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One morning waiting on trucks to get back to the field.   Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Moo sleeping so peacefully in her combine seat.  Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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A handful of soybeans.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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My last hopper full of soybeans for 2017.  Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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All of the equipment gets washed after harvest each year.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Moo sleeping on my new coat!  I love Moo and all that dog hair!  Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in Octoboer.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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The sky on this night was one of my favorites.  It was amazingly beautiful.  Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October.  (Photo by Janel Schemper)


All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere.  Janel Schemper can be reached at janel@allaboardharvest.com

Janel: Nebraska Soybeans and Wet Corn
Janel Schemper

Holdrege, Nebraska – I love this time of year.  Fall is wonderful! Typically, we just work all day every day which is pretty much my favorite thing to do in my life! It’s just easier to go to work. I am happy working and feel my best when I’m harvesting full blast (I think this is true for all harvesters). 

We began cutting soybeans in mid-September and had a good start. Now, this fall harvest has been delayed because we’ve had rain.  We had a three inch rain about ten days ago and that kept me out of the field for three days. I got to harvest five days since and then we just recently had a couple more inches of rain. The forecast this week includes lots of big chances of more rain. I know our customers want their crops harvested and trust us that we do our very best to accomodate. We want to get everyone’s crops harvested as soon as possible. We do understand! This rain is certainly putting us behind schedule.

The soybean yields have been good. The crops in this area are typically irrigated either by pivot or gravity irrigation. The pivot corners may be dryland. However, the pivot corners can be gravity irrigated as well or a swing tower pivot can irrigate most of a typical pivot corner. I did harvest a quarter of soybeans with four dryland corners that yielded 80 plus bushels per acre. The dryland corners are decent this year due to timely rains during the growing season. In fact, it’s been difficult to cut the corners separate if necessary because they look just as good as the irrigated in most fields. 

I have also harvested wet corn this fall and that is a young man’s game. The irrigated corn yields are typically high but this requires a lot of people to get involved aka manpower. One combine can keep busy two tractor grain carts and four trucks. It’s busy business that is for sure. I do enjoy it regardless! The wet corn moisture was 30 percent and the yield was high. 

I’ve recently read my all aboard harvest emails and have gotten so many thanking me for my summer harvest reports and now requesting fall harvest reports and photos. Your wish is coming true! I’m happy to share my fall harvest photos too! It’s such a pretty time of year. I also had emails asking where Moo was at because I didn’t include any pictures of Moo in my last post. Moo is always with me and she keeps me laughing!
I have a funny story about Miss Moo. Four Holdrege FFA girls brought out lunch to our field on Saturday. There was an extra sandwich and I won’t let good food go to waste and so I let Moo have it all! It was a 6-inch turkey and cheese sub sandwich. Moo was so sleepy the rest of the day and slept so much. Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan that makes people sleepy. Well, it was working well for Moo. I opened a bag of chips a few hours later while combining and she always wants what I’m having. This time she didn’t even hardly wake up. She was sleeping on the floor of the combine cab and I was trying to give her a chip and she was so sleepy she barely opened her eyes and just had no interest in a potato chip. I certainly do believe the myth that turkey makes you sleepy! Moo demonstrated just that! 

I hope you all are enjoying fall. To me, fall is all about lots and lots of harvesting, husker football on the radio on Saturday’s and high school volleyball (Sierra, Samantha and Sabrina are all playing volleyball this fall)! Fall is a great season no doubt about it!

Schemper 2017 - Fall Harvest
Our harvest mood captured in a photo! Miss Moo and I harvesting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Moo and I harvesting soybeans in Nebraska in September. This is our typical harvest mood! We love it! (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Moo sleeps so peacefully in the combine until the header and rotor is shut off then she’s awake. Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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We both love AutoTrac! Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in mid-September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in mid-September. The combine operator is Jared Schemper. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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This is my kind of day! I love picking corn! Schemper Harvesting picking wet corn in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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I got to go to Samantha Schemper’s volleyball game! She’s a freshman and is a great volleyball player! Sawyer Schemper cheers for her at the games! He says, “go #1, go Sam!” Schemper Harvesting had a rain delay so I got to enjoy Sam’s away game at the new gym in Minden. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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This was a truck wash kind of day! Schemper Harvesting was delayed due to a 3 inch rain in Nebraska in September so we keep busy doing shop work. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Moo gets the best naps of a lifetime in the combine cab! Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in mid-September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Moo is so wonderful! We were driving Jared’s truck to his field! (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Seriously, what a cute little boy! Sterling Schemper is 2 and loves field time! Schemper Harvesting picking wet corn in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Sterling loves field time and so does Moo! Schemper Harvesting picking wet corn in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking wet corn in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking wet corn in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Sterling enjoying field time! Schemper Harvesting picking wet corn in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking wet corn in Nebraska in September. The combine operator is Lonny Schemper. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. The combine operator is LaVern Schemper. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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My mom has too much fun at the shop! Sage and Sterling having fun with Grandma Carlene Schemper! (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October. Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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I dislike it when this happens. I was pulling weeds off the draper belt and sickle and then this happened. Ouch! Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Sterling and I enjoying combine time together! Schemper Harvesting picking wet corn in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting picking wet corn in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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This is the yummy turkey and cheese sub sandwich Moo loved having for lunch one day in the field! Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Janel Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Carlene Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in mid-September. (Photo by Carlene Schemper)
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Joe and Jack Ridder rode in the combine one evening with Janel. This was Jack’s first ever combine ride! Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Carlene Schemper)
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Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Jared Schemper)
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Samantha Schemper was running combine #3 on a Sunday! Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in October.  She’s got combine goals!!  #combinegoals (Photo by Jared Schemper)
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Samantha Schemper was running combine #3 on a Saturday!  Schemper Harvesting cutting soybeans in Nebraska in September. (Photo by Jared Schemper)

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. You can contact Janel at janel@allaboardharvest.com