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Round Lake, Minnesota and Elkton, South Dakota—Paul brought one machine home last weekend to combine early beans, and we rounded out this weekend making a trip back up to Elkton, South Dakota, to start picking corn. All our crew aside from Paul and I are still working on durum by Ray, North Dakota.
By Round Lake, Minnesota, it’s been a great start to fall harvest. Beans are combining well at around 11.2% moisture. I feel like these beans must be about the only beans in this area that are ready at this time, but it won’t be long

We'd like to hear your feedback on this year's program. Do you have suggestions you would like to make? Here's your opportunity to share your thoughts. We look forward to celebrating the 15th anniversary of the All Aboard Wheat Harvest program with you in 2023!



Fortuna, North Dakota—It’s been a whirlwind of a weekend. Zoey and I made our way back out to Plentywood, Montana, and helped Paul’s crew get campers moved over to Fortuna, North Dakota. Crops look great in this area and are already disappearing quickly, even since I left a week and a half ago. It's good to see that crops have progressed with the hot dry weather, and we should be able to continue moving until our wheat harvest season in complete.



In Fortuna, durum has been combining great averaging about 50 to 60 bushels per acre. The guys

Western North Dakota—We got moved further west and north and are near the Montana North Dakota state line. When we got here, we went straight to the field. We have been cutting barley and hauling it to air bins. The barley has been yielding 70 to 90 bushels per acre.
We are now cutting durum wheat and it's yielding around 35 bushels per acre. The durum is a beautiful amber color and threshes nicely. It's dry around 9 percent moisture and we are hauling it to the farmyard bins. We have all 8 combines here and have barley

No two harvests are just alike and this has been an interesting one. We had the stress of not knowing when our new combines would arrive and couldn’t get an answer. We got five new ones right before harvest and then three in late June. We were initially expecting them in March. Another challenge has been the fuel price. It’s no good. The best wheat I cut was in western Kansas. It was pivot irrigated and made 97 bushels per acre. The best dryland wheat I cut was in South Dakota and it yielded 95 bushels per acre. My favorite

As Jones Harvesting celebrates our 40th anniversary of harvest, it's been hard to not be sentimental. Every wheat run year is different, defined by a handful of events unlike any other. Every single day for the past 40 years has been chronicled in a hand-written diary that now spans well over 3,000 entries. It's almost like having your own personal time machine. Some pages contain fond memories, while others recall hardships we'd rather forget. Boxes of photos tell a story filled with changes, from the size of the equipment to the size of the children

Lindsey Orgain

Orgain Harvesting

Lindsey Orgain is somewhat new to the harvest trail.
She and her husband, Jason, have Orgain Harvesting in Cheyenne, Oklahoma.
It is the 11th season in the business, but it was in 2014, two years after she married Jason, that Lindsey decided to quit her job and come aboard full-time for the annual harvest journey.

Brian Jones

Jones Harvesting

For 35 years, Jones Harvesting, based near Greenfield, Iowa, has made an annual trek from Oklahoma to North Dakota, harvesting golden fields of wheat for farmers who have become like family to the Jones family.

Tracy Zeorian

Z-Crew

Tracy Zeorian has followed the ripening trail of wheat since she was 12 years old.

Zeorian’s grandparents, Elvin and Pauline Hancock, had been making the annual harvest run from Texas to Montana since 1951.

Janel Schemper

Schemper Harvesting

Janel Schemper was 6 months old when she made her first harvest journey.
“Harvest for me is a way of life,” the third-generation custom cutter said.
Schemper Harvesting, based in Holdrege, Nebraska, goes back more than a half-century, started by her grandfather.

Laura Haffner

High Plains Harvesting

For Laura Haffner, there is not a better way to see the Great Plains.

She and her husband, Ryan, have High Plains Harvesting based in Park, Kansas. The couple, along with their two young children and a crew of about a dozen, travel from Texas to the Canadian border to harvest wheat, canola and peas.