Tracy Zeorian has followed the ripening trail of wheat since she was 12 years old.
Zeorian’s grandparents, Elvin and Pauline Hancock, had been making the annual harvest run from Texas to Montana since 1951.
Tracy said she met her husband, Jim, who was part of the crew, in 1975. They married in 1982 and purchased their first combine that fall.
These days, Tracy drives the combine and Jim drives the truck. She couldn’t imagine another lifestyle.
“I think it is the adrenalin you get each time you pull into a field knowing it needs to be cut,” she said. “You work on it until it gets done, you work through the storm clouds and whatever challenges there are. Then you start all over again.”
They raised their daughters in the wheat field–Jamie, Jenna, Taylor Callie. Now they have three grandchildren coming to the field when they can.
“They get in the combine,” she said. “How my grandpa is smiling from ear to ear knowing we are still in the wheat fields.”
“It is just a great way of life. We are definitely not going to be rich from it, but we became rich from a great family.”