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Laura: Harvest 2020 begins despite uncertain times

Laura: Harvest 2020 begins despite uncertain times

I want to open this season with a sincere and concerned, “How are you?” One of the sayings I’ve heard thrown around recently is “We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.” I know you all have been affected by the events of the past several months in different ways and I hope and pray you are weathering the storm as well as possible.

This photo was taken by Laura during fall harvest of 2019. We were all completely oblivious to what was about to happen in the world.

The season has gotten off to an extra adventurous start for our proverbial boat and has required us to tighten up our lifejackets a bit, pop a Dramamine and hold on tight to our oars!  If someone would have told me last year as I left the run that the world would look like this today I would have thought they were crazy. But, here we are, smack in the middle of history in the making. The virus has required us to make changes from our old normal to protect ourselves and others. While those changes are meant to keep us safe, some have unintended consequences that are far reaching. At the time of this writing, the crew is cutting away in Texas, which gives a sense of normalcy to the current situation. But, there is something missing and that is the familiar faces of our past team members who have yet to be able to travel. It is difficult because we developed relationships with them, depend on their skills and they count on us for employment. We hope we will be able to see them soon as things begin to open and appreciate those who have filled in during their absence. On the other hand, we had some new and past members who jumped right in, helped get equipment prepped for the season and really rose to the occasion.  Despite the challenges, we are traveling with our full fleet and are committed to doing our part to feed the world while serving our customers during these unprecedented times.

The green machines awaiting their numbers and High Plains Harvesting decals earlier this spring.

I’m thankful to report our family currently is in good health. When you look at the world from that perspective its hard to complain about other things. Lady A and Little Man are growing up way too fast. Scouting, gymnastics, reading and math with words like “vertices”—who knew this was a kindergarten concept?—kept us on our toes this year prior to the change. We moved our schooling home in March. It posed challenges and a healthy dose of mom guilt as I balanced working from home and momming. It was a blessing that we got some unexpected, extra family time when the three of us moved our schooling home. I never dreamed I would end my first year back in the classroom from my dining room table but that’s just what happened. I couldn’t have been more proud of my children and my students’ efforts in these uncharted waters and know we’ll be in good hands with the next generation of agriculturalists.

See you later, Daddy! It is an exciting time to see the machines head south!

Even though these are challenging times we have so much to be thankful for. Family and friends, health, loyal clients, and the ability to travel across the country and harvest in some of the beautiful parts of the Great Plains with our team. We can have plan a, b, c, and even j, k, l, but ultimately we, like you, have to take some things one day at a time. After all, today in this moment is what we’re promised.

Laura Haffner can be reached at laura@allaboardharvest.com.

6 Comments
  • marcy mcclelland
    Posted at 19:33h, 07 June

    Good to hear from your harvest experience of 2020. Love the stories and will try to keep up with you!Marcy McClelland

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 08:47h, 08 June

      Thanks for reaching out and the support, Marcy!

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 20:21h, 08 June

    Laura ,glad your back for another harvest run with All Aboard. .Love your insite on of what we are going through .,give Little Man &Lady a big hug from us ,grand kids are the future of this world ,stay safe , work sate !!

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 08:56h, 11 June

      Thanks for the kind words, Tom! Appreciate the opportunity to be back. I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy! 🙂

  • Kay Haffner
    Posted at 12:19h, 09 June

    I always enjoy reading your articles, You have a beautiful way with words. Hope you have a safe harvest.

    • Laura Haffner
      Posted at 10:56h, 10 June

      Thanks so much, Kay! Take care and I hope you stay safe and healthy! 🙂