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It’s All About Relationships

It’s All About Relationships

Matheson, Colorado –
We finished with the acres we came back to Limon for. Ryan and Casey told us we could help them with their job so they could be finished in decent time to make their way back home to Del Norte, Colorado. If you check a map, you’ll see they live in the San Luis Valley or simply referred to as “The Valley” to the custom harvesters. I’ve heard about “The Valley” for quite a few years. We have other harvester friends who have made their way to “The Valley” at the same time we made our way to Montana. Because our journey to Montana has been put on hold due to the wheat ripening at the same time as the Colorado acres, we will be making our way to “The Valley” after we finish with the additional acres we’ve picked up. Yep, we’ve got a couple more days of wheat to cut in the area. The same farmers that we’ve cut for the past several years asked us if we could help them get their acres finished up. Once we get finished here, we will begin a new adventure in “The Valley” thanks to Ryan and Casey.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Jim had an idea for something special he wanted to put on the combine in honor of Wes. In real time, we’ve only known the Maranville’s less than a year. We’ve helped them cut their wheat since 2012 and have become pretty close to the entire family. When I received word of Wesley’s death in December, it literally sucked the air right out of my lungs. The text I received from Taylor at 2:00 am was read and reread many times before I allowed the words to sink into my head. It had to be a mistake! Wes was playing basketball with his Simla Jr. High team when he collapsed. Wes had an unknown heart defect and there was no way it would have been detected. He was the best grain cart driver…ever…but he also shared the same love for the combine as I do. This has been a tough harvest for everyone – especially his family. I finally put the decal (created by Jenna) on the combine. I think I had been putting it off simply because I was wanting to deny the fact. Things like this happen to other people – not to people you know and love. This has certainly made me realize that when you tell someone, “see ya next year,” you may not. Take the time to thoroughly enjoy those special times together as we’re not guaranteed a “next year.”  

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Z Crew: Bubba

Taylor took this picture of Wes last summer while she was attending the fair with the family. Wasn’t he a cutie!

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

Jim looking at the decal and thinking about the one we have been missing.


We had a really good day of cutting on Thursday. As the sun was setting, the clouds began to move in. I heard something in the cab of the combine that didn’t sound quite right so I called Jim on the two-way to tell him I felt he should come listen. He drove the truck to the machine and jumped out. It was then that I realized the little clouds that had been forming absolutely blew up right over the top of us. It was an amazing scene to watch this particular cloud boil as it was moving east. It marched on and didn’t stop the combines. It was the next cloud that rolled over the field, however, that brought enough rain to keep us out of the field yesterday and part of Saturday.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

My co-pilot for the day – Haedyn Graham.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

Jim had to make a phone call to Monte with the New Holland Harvest Support. The ONLY way you can get consistent cell service in this area is to stand on top of the combine…really! Jim was able to explain the noise and what he thought was wrong to Monte who helped him determine what part needed to be replaced.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

Jim and Dave trying to figure out the easiest way to replace the part needing replaced.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

The daily blowing-off-the-dirt-at-the-end-of-the-day chore.

As it was, the rain day provided the perfect opportunity to make a trip to Goodland, KS to get the necessary part to make that cab noise disappear. Igor Kuzmenko with New Holland was in Limon. He’s here to visit with us and the Graham’s – and other custom harvesters who drive New Holland combines. We stopped in Limon and rode over to Goodland together. I was finally able to meet Jon Yost of Yost Farm Supply in person. I’ve visited with him via Facebook but never met him in person. As you can see, these guys were enjoying each other’s company. 

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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We got back from Goodland in plenty of time to replace the part and we’re now ready to roll as soon as the wheat is dry enough to cut again! Thanks for your help, Igor!  You listened to A LOT of stories and was a good sport through all of it! It was a good day – a productive day! I’m all about developing relationships and I feel another friend has been made! 

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do.

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All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and New Holland Agriculture. The Z Crew can be reached at zcrew@allaboardharvest.com.

10 Comments
  • Rob
    Posted at 15:44h, 31 July

    Tracey that is so sad about Wes ! I can remember him in several pics with the girls! I would like to see a page on the calendar for him!!! Anyone else feel the same??

    • Tom Stegmeier
      Posted at 18:31h, 01 August

      Rob , You bet, young people like Wes are the future of the AG.industry both in the U.S. & Canada

    • Tracy
      Posted at 00:07h, 02 August

      That would be such a wonderful gesture!!

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 23:30h, 02 August

      Maybe you should suggest that to the editor of the High Plains Journal. 🙂

      • Tom Stegmeier
        Posted at 20:50h, 03 August

        I’all be on it !!!

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 19:26h, 31 July

    Jim & Tracy Is it okay if I get two 1/64 scale decals made like the same you have made for Wes.To put them on that CR9070 I sent you folks. What kind of repair did Jim have to do to the Beast,looks it was reel handy.Our Weather in Cochrane is like the tropics it rains every day plus hail.Sure is handy for the Ranchers trying to put up hay.Work Safe.God Bless,Tom & Sandi

  • Tracy
    Posted at 00:09h, 02 August

    Sure, but I’m not sure how hard that would be, Tom. The part that needed replaced was the cab pressurization fan. Not a big deal but it sure made a lot of noise in the cab.

    • Tom Stegmeier
      Posted at 21:10h, 03 August

      We’ve got some super graphic people in Towne it won’t be an issue , have got small decals made before. What goofy place for a fan,all the dust coming off of the header/feeder house + the tires. Hopefully Igor takes it back to the engineers at NH

  • Laura Haffner
    Posted at 09:06h, 02 August

    What a beautiful tribute to your young friend, Tracy. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 23:27h, 02 August

      Thank you, Laura. Harvest has provided so many blessings! Being able to spend the short period of time with Wes left a mark on our entire family. And another reason to look forward to Heaven.