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South Dakota–We are caught back up to the harvest again. The wheat has been borderline ready.  We have cut nice wheat though that has been yielding 60 to 70 bushels per acre.  The test weight has been 62 to 63 pounds per bushel and the protein 12.5 percent.  It rained lately which delayed our harvesting time but hopefully all of the wheat will be ready to cut once the conditions are right again.

All I want to do is cut wheat but there is almost always downtime here in South Dakota because we cut winter wheat

Jordan, Montana–We made it! The final chapter of Harvest 2019 is now being written.

The last miles of our trip from Tribune to Jordan were good and bad. The road we didn’t know anything about (between Terry and Brockway) was a piece of cake. It was the miles between Brockway and Jordan that had both of us sitting on the edge of our seat and holding our breath.

When the road sign says, "Road is narrow and rough." They mean exactly that! We only met three or four semis on the narrowest parts of the highway. Thank goodness for two

Onida, South Dakota—When we come to South Dakota we are always prepared to roll up our sleeves and get to work.  Serious work.  Mile-long fields, big yields, long hauls, late nights and early mornings ... this is harvesting on a grand scale, and it can be exhausting.  So the fact that we have been here for two weeks and haven't put in a full day of work yet is unexpected and a little disappointing.

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The wide open spaces of South Dakota provide views unlike any other.  Golden wheat stands in contrast to the green prairie grasses and blue skies

South Dakota – We finished up cutting wheat in western Nebraska on Aug. 1 and that is a first for me.  I can’t remember ever cutting wheat in Nebraska in August.  We cut a lot of nice wheat there and overall it was a good crop this year and the farmers were pleased with the yields.

We recently got moved up to the Pierre, South Dakota area and had a good trip. I saw a lot of motorcycles cruising around and also more brand new grain bins.  It is 400 plus miles for us to get here

Terry, Montana–I am exhausted and words are not coming easily to my foggy brain.

Our past week has been spent either preparing for the move to Montana or on the road.

The next chapter of our 2019 harvest journey will be titled, “Jordan, Montana.” This is our final stop on our route. The next time the combine is loaded, banners and flags are placed where they belong and miles are driven, it will be done for the trip back home, home.

Today marks the sixth day of driving up and down the highways–to Montana and back to Kansas and

Northeastern Colorado—The other night, we were greeted by an unusual sight.

High Plains Harvesting 2019

High Plains Harvesting

We see a vast variety of campers and motor homes on our travels, but I’ve never seen one pulled by a tractor nor a camper as special as this! Ivan Stolzfus is driving this “Johnabilt” across America to raise awareness for wounded warriors. He told me he is a retired farmer who was looking to give back in thanks for our freedoms. He blogs about his travels and there is a tracker on the site so you can follow along with Ivan’s progress. If you would like to learn

Lindsey Orgain

Orgain Harvesting

Lindsey Orgain is somewhat new to the harvest trail.
She and her husband, Jason, have Orgain Harvesting in Cheyenne, Oklahoma.
It is the 11th season in the business, but it was in 2014, two years after she married Jason, that Lindsey decided to quit her job and come aboard full-time for the annual harvest journey.

Brian Jones

Jones Harvesting

For 35 years, Jones Harvesting, based near Greenfield, Iowa, has made an annual trek from Oklahoma to North Dakota, harvesting golden fields of wheat for farmers who have become like family to the Jones family.

Tracy Zeorian

Z-Crew

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.

Janel Schemper

Schemper Harvesting

Janel Schemper was 6 months old when she made her first harvest journey.
“Harvest for me is a way of life,” the third-generation custom cutter said.
Schemper Harvesting, based in Holdrege, Nebraska, goes back more than a half-century, started by her grandfather.

Laura Haffner

High Plains Harvesting

For Laura Haffner, there is not a better way to see the Great Plains.

She and her husband, Ryan, have High Plains Harvesting based in Park, Kansas. The couple, along with their two young children and a crew of about a dozen, travel from Texas to the Canadian border to harvest wheat, canola and peas.

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