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Did you all have a safe and healthy Fourth of July? I hope so! Lady A and Little Man just love the holiday and are a little let down that it has already come and gone. It is rare that we weren’t in the field cutting. The crew in western Kansas got rained out with approximately 60 acres to go so they had the evening off and shot some firecrackers at our headquarters. The children had a fun few days launching fireworks with friends in the neighborhood.

I’m a little behind on the news but that is by purpose to

Western Kansas—The month of June is over and we’re on to July already and I've got my blue header on again. I have dreamed of having 100-bushel wheat to harvest again this year but when I got out west on June 29 I quickly noticed the wheat yields falling way short of last year. The wheat is averaging 30 to 70 bushels per acre and the test weights under 60 pounds per bushel. A freeze in April damaged the wheat crop and no rain has caused the lower results.

I do love it out west and enjoy being

Minneola, Kansas—Sometimes wheat harvesting can seem like a traffic jam ... just when you think you get to start you find yourself sitting still due to weather, spinning your wheels. This year will not be described as stop and go, but instead more like a race. Since we arrived in Oklahoma, it's been non-stop; and once we reached Kansas, we didn't let our foot off the gas. It's been "pedal to the metal" for over a week now, and there are no signs of it letting up till we see the checkered flag fall as we cross

Central Kansas: While we were in south central Kansas, we had the opportunity to host another group from Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. This time, it was the young men who came to see the team. They made the trip to Kansas all the way from their Edmond, Oklahoma, campus.

One of the neat things about this group was that some of them had an idea of what they’d experience on their outing. They had visited Jim and Tracy Zeorian last summer so already had the harvest bug. This opened up a level comfort and questions which benefitted all, even

Cheyenne, Oklahoma—It can be hard to avoid the comparison game as the wheat harvest run progresses. We witness and read about other crews moving on north into Kansas as we look at another week or so of cutting in western Oklahoma. It always seems to work out in the end, but there is certainly a feeling of being left behind!

Strong City, OK

Strong City, Oklahoma—The combine works away in the background.

We have been working nonstop as we have been blessed with ideal wheat-cutting weather: dry, hot and windy! We find ourselves so torn on the dry part though—this land is

Dodge City, Kansas—For the first few days of cutting in southern Kansas we were fighting green. The moisture on the loads went 13.3% to 15%.  The fields I’m cutting have big, full wheat heads.  It’s all making over 60 bushels per acre.  The test weights have been 61 to 64 pounds per bushel. We’ve had to cut around some green wheat in the fields and then will have to go back later and get it cut when it’s ready. The wind has been blowing strong for several days. That has helped ripen the wheat right along

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.

Stephanie Cronje

Osowski Ag Service


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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