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Win A Harvest Prize Pack

You could win a Harvest Prize Pack! Simply comment on the question below to be entered to win. The winning entry will be randomly selected from the comments section of this blog. You must comment to win.

If you could spend one day with a harvest crew, what job would you request?


U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. is an association of professional custom harvesters serving the needs of the American farmer. The organization was established and chartered in 1983 in the state of Texas and serves as a link between the harvesters and the many groups of people they work with, such as farmers, businesses, State and federal government. We are a dues-funded membership organization with the Harvest News magazine as our primary means of communicating with members.

All Aboard would like to say thank you to U.S. Custom Harvesters Inc. for supporting the 2012 wheat harvest. For more information contact

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  • David Greeley
    Posted at 16:07h, 20 August

    Like to drive a combine – Seen so many of them over the years cutting wheat across Kansas that you wonder how hard they are to drive and how often you have to adjust the header

  • Charles Marvin Gore
    Posted at 19:19h, 20 August

    I also would like driving a combine some. There is a slim possabilty that I will drive my farmer friend’s 9500 JD shelling Corn this fall. His hired hand hurt his back this spring and his other part time help may not be available on a few days. My left eye is bad and I can not run the big truck on the road. This will also give me a slight problem with dumping. My farm work in high school and college days was mostly tillage.

  • larry dewey
    Posted at 21:26h, 20 August

    Drive a combine.

  • Jan L. Severance
    Posted at 21:40h, 20 August

    Run Combine!!

  • Edd Harris
    Posted at 07:16h, 21 August

    I have driven grain trucks, grain carts and combines, but I would prefer to operate a combine.

  • Chad Brennenis
    Posted at 07:20h, 21 August

    Combine driver. Would love to operate one of the new machines in a large Kansas field.

    • All Aboard
      Posted at 15:44h, 22 August

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  • Jerry
    Posted at 07:28h, 21 August

    Having worked a harvest crew for several years I’ve done all the jobs. My favorite of course is running the combine which was my main job on the crew. And to David’s question about the header, it’s constant adjustments. In most fields the ground changes so you’re constantly changing with it. One hand stays on the control and you never stop adjusting it. In the same way, your head is like a robot..side to side to side to side. It’s a workout for the neck. If your head isn’t moving, you aren’t doing your job. Most places aren’t flat enough to just watch one end of the header.

  • John
    Posted at 07:31h, 21 August

    The actual job doesn’t matter – teamwork is the most important factor on a harvest crew. The teamwork skilly you learn on a harvest crew will benefit you for the rest of your life!

  • Eddie Sanders
    Posted at 07:41h, 21 August

    I would like to drive the combine with the draper heads.
    Might be able to compare to the old 15 footer heads I use to run.

  • Julie
    Posted at 07:46h, 21 August

    I’d love to follow them and then tell their story!! I majored in JMC in college and that’s still my greatest love even though I’m no longer in the profession.Yah, it would be great to drive the combine, truck or grain cart, but to sit along side the individuals who do that and record their thought, hopes, dreams – that would be the greatest gift!

  • Mark Loch
    Posted at 07:51h, 21 August

    Any job that requires operating a large machine. I’ve actually thought about volunteering to help a harvest crew for free!!

  • Karen Hancock
    Posted at 07:53h, 21 August

    Run a grain cart, a job I haven’t done yet.

  • Glenn
    Posted at 08:00h, 21 August

    The logical answer would be combine operator. That is what I do! The easier answer would be “boss”, but who wants the headaches? The next answer would be cook and chief organizer, but again, too many headaches. Truck driving has too many rules, grain cart operator is too stressful. I guess family dog on the crew… that would be my ambition!!

  • Dan McGrew
    Posted at 08:08h, 21 August

    Reading the different crew reports brings back powerful memories of earlier days when the largest truck was a three-ton dually with 44 inch high grain box, hauling directly from the old Gleaners and IH combines with 20-foot headers.
    What I would give for a chance to operate one of these modern rigs with the 40-foot header, GPS, auto-pilot, (Moisture/Weight and actual production per square yard of field on the recorder).
    We used to dream of air conditioning in the trucks. Forget the combines. Never dreamed of a grain cart or a semi reefer converted to a luxury mobile home. The lucky ones got to sleep under combines, junior crew members slept under the trucks.

  • Allan Zimmerman
    Posted at 08:30h, 21 August

    Being a Illinois farmer with a cdl and having experance driving combine,auger carts and semi.Driveing a combine in a wheat field would top the list and being part of the daily experance.

  • jon
    Posted at 08:33h, 21 August

    Drive the combin or the semis

  • Scott S.
    Posted at 08:44h, 21 August

    I have a lot of memories of riding up front in the grain truck with my uncle and my Dad. That’s when we got to go to town, get a pepsi, and maybe some candy. We always stopped to visit with the folks in town. There were a lot of stories told on those trips, a lot of tall tales, and mostly a lot of memories made.

    “All Aboard Wheat Harvest” gives me a chance to relive those memories through your stories. Thank you.

    I’d drive the truck. And I would bring my 17 year old son along so he could feel the weight of the grain as it filled the back. And he would listen to the engine groan under the heft of the load as we tried to accelerate. And how the truck would squeak and click and pop as we downshifted and then braked long before we needed to stop. And I would tell him stories about his grandfather, and great uncles, and what “Harvest” really means. And we would stand in town – any town – and talk with strangers who are as close as friends and tell stories, and tall tales, and make a few new memories.

    Thank you –

  • Darl Deeds
    Posted at 08:45h, 21 August

    Combine operator. I have never driven an auto steer.

  • Trish
    Posted at 09:53h, 21 August

    I have never operated a grain cart so that should be my answer but I love to run combine and watch the grain flow into the tank.

  • david alexander
    Posted at 10:00h, 21 August

    any job would be fine with me,its not want you are doing or who you are working with. if a person likes a job they put 100% into that work and listen to what someone has to say to keep you and others safe while getting the job done. and enjoy the country while doing work that feeds the world

  • John
    Posted at 12:31h, 21 August

    Would like to run a new combine, but driving truck was my favorite job when I went harvesting.

    Posted at 15:09h, 21 August

    run a grain cart

  • Ricardo A. Senteio Rocon
    Posted at 16:17h, 21 August

    Na colheita de trigo em Great Falls ,Montana,no ano de 1972,colhi muito trigo com as antigas colhedeiras I H.Gostaria muito de voltar para a colheita de trigo em Montana e colher com as novas colheitadeiras que são verdadeiras maravilhas da tecnologia moderna.Para quem ama a agricultura,este programa .é um bela maneira de conhecer o trabalho de quem colhe o grão abençoado por DEUS.Trigo,o pão nosso de cada dia.

    Ricardo, do Brasil.

  • Brian. Nielsen
    Posted at 17:31h, 21 August

    It doesn’t really matter to me combine, grain cart, anything

  • David
    Posted at 06:20h, 22 August

    The best job would be running the Combine but bringing out supper and shutting down for a 20 minute meal is usually the best job of the day.Everybody loves to see the food wagon come.

  • George Ammann
    Posted at 07:24h, 22 August

    I would prefer to “JUST” watch all the action in the field for a change of pace….

  • Derek Jackson
    Posted at 10:34h, 22 August

    I would want to drive a combine. I have my own small custom harvesting business and like to get my hands on as many different combines as possible!

  • Bryan Mitchell
    Posted at 10:34h, 22 August

    I would like to run one of the new JD s670 combines that would be the best job out there!

  • Jon T Schurtz
    Posted at 11:56h, 22 August

    Drive a red combine

  • paul reeve
    Posted at 15:09h, 22 August

    Running a combine,green,red or yellow.Awsome!

  • mark a oetken
    Posted at 21:26h, 24 August

    i enjoyed reading about all the diffrent places they were at i have had two combines and did alot of local harvesting over the years. also have been in some areas in ks ok and co.with a semi hauling flour,fireplaces,and ag products, ect. in the off time of year. i also do alot of hauling of grain, and helping out with my own truck. and if needed running a combine,ect i know the hard work doing all the things that need to be done. i wish i had the time to spend some time helping out on a crew.