17 Jul Tracy: My Harvest Top 10 List
Chadron, Nebraska – This came to me today as I was following Jim and The Beast to the field. YES! I said… field. It’s been quite the week. And when it began on Monday, I would have never guessed we would be making a move northward. It’s been an emotional roller coaster for me; and from what I hear, other harvesters are experiencing the same, crazy feeling.
We finished south of Wallace, Kansas late Monday afternoon. Once the last standing straw of wheat was cut, we decided that regardless of what happened next, the combine and header would have to be cleaned. Jim and I had talked a little about what we thought we would/should do next. We had no acres to move to so we had decided that we’d just clean the equipment up and see if we could park it at the New Holland dealership in Goodland until moving it to Colorado for the millet harvest in September. That’s what we thought when we laid our heads on our pillows Monday night.
Early Tuesday morning, we woke to the sound of a text on Jim’s phone. We both figured it was either news of a dear friend’s death or Jamie letting us know baby #3 was happening soon. It was neither. It was the same friend who had just allowed us to finish the acres they had to leave south of Wallace. “Why don’t you and Tracy just move up here to Chadron, and you can cut some acres we have west of town.” I know why Jim didn’t jump on that right away and say, “Yes! Sure! We’ll be right there.” Instead, he told Bruce he would talk it over with me and get back to him.
Have you ever had a plan made only to have that plan changed? It really does mess with your brain – or at least it does with mine. We were convinced we were supposed to go home. Plans in our head to make that happen had begun… and now they changed to “go time” once again. Jim didn’t jump on that proposition right away because of two reasons. 1) We had come to grips with the idea of going home. 2) They didn’t have to give those acres away. It wasn’t like the acres we had just finished for them. They had plenty of time to do the job. It almost felt like we were taking something that wasn’t ours. We both knew they needed those acres as bad as we did, and yet they were willing to sacrifice to share with us. What do you say? How can you repay their kindness? God is good ALL the time – it wasn’t a coincidence.
“Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.” Philippians 2:3-4
Jim called Bruce back and told him we’d take him up on his offer and would do our very best to get everything to Chadron by the end of the week.
So, now, back to what I was thinking about while following The Beast… my top 10 list.
Things you can count on happening while on harvest:
4. The boss will ask you a question over the two-way at the most inopportune time.
3. You will experience the best sunsets… ever!
2. The sweet smell of the night air mixed with wheat straw will remind you why you love this job.
And the No. 1 thing you can count on happening while on harvest:
The best friends you’ll ever have will be the ones who share the same love and passion for this lifestyle as you do!
Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.
The week in pictures:
I do more than just drive all the time.
All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Tracy Zeorian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TrishPosted at 11:23h, 17 July
Welcome to our corner of the world. Drive safe and have a great rest of the summer.
TracyPosted at 16:57h, 18 July
Thank you, Trish! It was already 20 years ago that we were in this part of Nebraska for harvest. Too many years ago. It’s so beautiful here!
Paul TomlinsonPosted at 12:32h, 17 July
I like all of Nebraska, but the N.W. part is hard to beat!
TracyPosted at 16:58h, 18 July
Agreed! Although, I’m a bit prejudiced about Eastern NE too. ?
Tom APosted at 17:25h, 17 July
Glad things are working out. If you get a free night take in the show at Fort Robinson if you enjoy those type’s of thing.
TracyPosted at 16:58h, 18 July
Might have to wait til the next time. Wheat is cut and now it’s time to go home and wait for a baby.
Sharon and Harry DrakePosted at 18:50h, 17 July
Well, Tracy and Jim. Glad all worked out with wheat for you to cut. My Husband and I grew up on farms in south central Kansas around parents and neighbors that did the same thing your Friends did . I always said if all girls and boys grew up with people we grew up around their would be less troubled people and more responsible.
Hope you continue to have work. By the way. It is ok for you to wear your emotions on your sleeve. Be safe. Harry and Sharon Drake. South Central Kansas
TracyPosted at 17:01h, 18 July
Ag has the best people involved! Blessed to be able to say this because of experience. The wheat is cut and now it’s time to head home to hold a baby! Thank you for letting me know it’s okay…some people just don’t get it. But, that’s who I am.
KarenPosted at 16:57h, 19 July
The combine cab camera is shut down??! Say it isn’t so since you are moving on one more time!!
Z CrewPosted at 08:54h, 23 July
Shut down for now – unless given the okay for the millet harvest in September.
Tom StegmeierPosted at 20:35h, 19 July
Great Video, Jim & Tracy. Love the pic of Bonnie & Clyde, tooo sweet !!! We are getting crispy here in southern Alberta ,lots of smoke from the wild fires in BC.40k people were evacuated.Many homes lost. Our air quality is like Beijing China. This drought has effected many people.
Z CrewPosted at 08:53h, 23 July
Drought, hail, fires, and loss of acres everywhere. It seems to be the common denominator this summer. It feels awful but I have to wonder if it’s really any worse than any other year – it was just our year to face it head on and have to deal with the losses. Good luck with the issues you’re facing, Tom!
Betty BuddPosted at 12:13h, 20 July
Always enjoy the stories and pictures. Makes a Kansas born farmer who lives in North Carolina feel like I really went home for a little while as I enjoyed the stories and pictures as well as identifying with the challenges. Best wishes for the rest of the harvest as you move North. Betty
First time that I have posted.
Z CrewPosted at 08:51h, 23 July
Thank you for taking the time to leave a note! I’m so glad my stories and pictures can take you back to a time that apparently means so much to you. The good memories are so easily recalled! I appreciate your words of encouragement.
Mike McKinziePosted at 22:03h, 30 July
Thanks for taking the time to let us peek over your shoulder and better understand how our food is produced. Those of us that play outdoors know how the weather and machines can give us glorious days and sometimes keep us humble. Maybe the next combine will be self cleaning! All of our best to you and Jim and your family!
Z CrewPosted at 09:30h, 31 July
Thank you, Mike! Hmmmm…that self-cleaning combine sounds like an awesome idea! Wish there was a way to make it all happen. Glad you enjoyed the “trip” and hope you continue to check in once in awhile. I’m going to assume by “peeking over my shoulder” you meant the combine cam. That has been the best tool to help educate the viewers about the process of getting that grain from the field to market! So thankful for the people who make it all possible.