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After our crew in Roscoe, South Dakota, made their way home Wednesday, I felt sure we were done. That wasn’t the case. We got another call for more acres around home where a farmer was looking for help to finish up. We just can’t turn it down, and decided to bring another machine over to help. We finished his field today, and I'm pretty sure I can say, we are finally done combining for the year. Not finished hauling corn, but finished enough that we can blow the combines off and ready them to be turned in.



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Our harvest journey has ended after 178 days. We finished up our corn last week and got everything moved into the shed until we start doing repairs on them. We have had quite the fall harvest this year. The way things started we thought we would for surely be done by mid-October but of course the weather played a huge role in making us go another month. In that time, we did get more acres because of the weather and farmers wanting to be done as well so it worked out for the best.



Our fall harvest started around

The weather has once again defeated us from finishing our corn. As of now we only have 145 acres left and our season will be finished. Once we got done with the last of the beans, we put two of our machines on our own corn. We got the Neumiller brothers' corn done but fell short of finishing Roger’s.



Early last week we started on Roger’s corn and seen the forecast was once again not going to be in our favor. The guys were up around 7 a.m. and started moving trucks to the new field and got everything



It’s been a great week of finishing customers and beginning the process of bringing all our equipment back home. Pretty soon Gary’s yard will be busy and full; cleaning up equipment and getting everything stored for winter.

The Roscoe, South Dakota, crew is still chipping away at Gary’s corn. All customers were wrapped up a couple of days ago. With a little snow delay, we’re thinking the final stalk will be picked on either Monday or Tuesday, and we can call it a year. We’ll be looking forward to seeing our crew from South Dakota when they return.



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By Dave Bergmeier

Wet weather has delayed the corn harvest for Craig Huxtable, but past experience has taught him to be prepared for any fall harvest scenario.

Huxtable is also a Hoegemeyer seed salesman and cow-calf operator near Wood River, Nebraska. He plants 1,350 acres of “corn on corn” practice and most of his crop is on irrigated cropland.

“On the dryland we had good yields,” Huxtable said, adding that was on high quality river bottom ground near the Platte River. “On our irrigated fields with the Hoegemeyer seed the yields are better than expected.”

He

Well, we almost had our customers done around home. Paul got a call for help on one last quarter by Round Lake, Minnesota. We started that quarter today, and will get it done hopefully tomorrow. It’s hard to turn down extra work. We are, as before, still pretty short on help, but if it means putting our own crops off for a bit longer, it’s worth the wait.



Before moving back over to Round Lake, we squeezed in two of our own fields of corn. They did well. We hauled some over to our bins at our home, and some

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.