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Brian Jones – Jones Harvesting

My name is Brian Jones of Greenfield, Iowa, and I am a second-generation farmer and wheat harvester. I was born and raised on a family farm about 50 miles southwest of Des Moines in the rolling hills of southwest Iowa. During the tough financial times for farmers in the 1980s, my father, Glen Jones, and grandpa, George Rahn, began looking for additional income to keep financially viable during the farm crisis.

With combines being such expensive investments, we were inspired by George’s brother, who ran a custom harvesting crew, to load up our own equipment and head to Oklahoma. From knocking on farmers’ doors randomly in the countryside to referrals from locals, one job led to another that moved us northward one state at a time. As they say, the rest is history, and 2024 will be the 42nd anniversary of Jones Harvesting.

Our crew is completely a family operation. My father and mother, Vernelle, farm in southwest Iowa with me, my sister, Brenda, and her husband, Cameron Hamer. Brenda and Cameron have four young boys, and all nine of us spend the summer working together harvesting. David Rahn now operates the Rahn family farm near Butterfield, Minnesota. David joins us with his equipment each summer, continuing the Jones-Rahn Harvesting legacy.

Back in Iowa, the Jones and Hamer families work together raising corn, soybeans and hay along with running a cow-calf herd. We also do some customer farming and harvesting locally. With spring planting finished and the cows turned out to pasture, we load up equipment, typically in early June, and head to our first stop in central Oklahoma, followed by two stops in southwest Kansas, western Nebraska, central South Dakota and southern North Dakota.

After harvesting the amber waves of grain on the plains for more than four decades, it’s hard to not look back and consider all that has changed over the years. Yet one thing has remained the same, our love for the harvest. It’s been quite the adventure, and we look forward to sharing the untold stories of the Great American Wheat Harvest. If you’ve always wanted to virtually and vicariously live the life of a harvester, grab your reading glasses and prepare to get lost in the stories of harvest straight from the field. They’re guaranteed to be filled with plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you guessing. It’s bound to be a real page turner!

Greenfield, Iowa — Read any good books lately?  Nothing is more entertaining than a good story, one that draws you in from the very beginning. You flip from one page to the next, and you just can’t put it down until you know how it ends.

If you are reading this, then you’re at the beginning of another great story that’s just started to be written…the untold stories of the 2024 great American wheat harvest. I’m Brian G. Jones of Greenfield, Iowa, and I am a fourth-generation farmer and second-generation wheat harvester. I was born and

The past week has been a blur, filled with finishing our last field in South Dakota, cleaning and loading machines, and then making that arduous drive with all the equipment back to Minnesota and Iowa. True to the theme of the 2023 harvest, we had difficulties right to the final fields.

There may not have been balloons, banners or confetti, but that didn't stop the crew from celebrating this week. After 18 days we successfully won our battle with the weeds and finished our Kansas acres, but not before our single-digit rain chance turned into quite the spectacle.

After being in Oklahoma for 27 days, it felt like we had almost taken up residency there. I'm not sure what the rules are, but I was beginning to think I'd need to change the address on my driver's license if we didn't get harvest wrapped up there soon.