All Aboard Harvest | Emma: Finished in Gregory and on to Sioux Falls Area
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Emma: Finished in Gregory and on to Sioux Falls Area

Gregory is off of the map for Misener Family Harvesters, and that means we’re off to a new place.  Normally around this time of year we move to Rolla, N.D., which is 10 miles from Canada. This year we have changed our plans and are moving to the Sioux Falls, S.D., area. This isn’t exactly what we wanted to do, but many farmers in the Dakota’s had issues with spring planting. Our farmers in Rolla didn’t get all of their fields planted because of the wet conditions and only got 30 percent of their acres in.

With only 30 percent of their acreage planted we can’t afford to move the entire convoy 450 miles to cut less than half the normal acreage. This isn’t a problem for our farmers there because they have combines that usually run with ours, so this year they will harvest themselves. This is a problem for us because when farmers struggle, harvesters and the entire ag industry struggle. We may be out of a harvesting job, but we’ve always got something to keep us busy.

We went ahead and moved to Sioux Falls because this is where we do our fall harvesting. This means that with Gregory in the books, our summer wheat harvest is completed. We have cut our last wheat crop for the 2011 season, which is kind of bittersweet. It’s a good feeling knowing we’re moving on to fall harvest, but sad because the end of the year is approaching and we won’t be on the road anymore. I really enjoy our lifestyle and love the traveling, and people we meet along the way.

To keep busy until fall crops are ready we had a few calls from a few farmers for combine repair and getting them field ready. This is definitely something we can do for them, and we’re happy to be busy – rebuilding combines is what we do in the winter months.

Be safe and God bless.

Emma can be reached at All Aboard 2011 is sponsored by High Plains Journal and DuPont Crop Protection.

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  • Charles M. Gore
    Posted at 07:20h, 20 August

    I wish you and yours the best in the fall harvest. I hope that the corn and bean crops that are next are decent. This year has been a bad one for farmers which has made it bad for the insurance carriers. I know of one claim in Missouri that was for $1.5 million, a vegetable crop. A lot of wheat, Corn drowned out , and with replanting a lot of the Corn, (and other crops) are late along the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers, and feeder streams, I guess rates will go up on crop insurance.
    On with life, by reading your posts I can see that you like good country cooking. Below is a recipe for Catfish soup/gumbo. We do not make the Roux because we really do not need the gravy.

    In a 6 quart sauce pot combine:

    2 cans/boxes of low salt Chicken broth/stock, (other broth can be used)
    1 table spoon of Old Bay seafood seasoning
    1 can of diced Tomatoes
    1 can of kernel Corn
    1 cup diced Okra.
    1 cup diced Celery
    1 medium to large Onion
    (last week my wife left the out the Celery, Okra and Onion out bad girl)
    Starch (1/2 cup rice or 1/4 cup barley) On lats weeks batch we used 1/4 cup barley plus 1/4 cup rye berries.
    1 to 1 1/2 lbs Catfish
    1 small can of Crab meat.
    Bring to a boil, let simmer about 30 minutes, or the Catfish is flaky


    On last weeks batch for the Sat noon serving we eat it as posted with no Celery, Onions or Okra. At the 5 pm meal I added Celery and reheated in the microwave for 3 minutes. At the noon meal on Sunday I added Minced Onion and Garlic Power and re heated for 3 minutes.
    As you can see home made soup or Gumbo can be varied to taste or what is ready in the garden for people who have time to grow a garden.

  • Emma Misener
    Posted at 12:06h, 31 August

    Sounds like a great recipe Charles, thank you! I’ll have to try that!
    Thanks for your comments this year on AAWH. I love the interaction! God bless, and have a wonderful rest of the year.