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Kimberly Neumiller

 

My name is Kimberly Neumiller from Neumiller Harvesting. I grew up in the small town of Fessenden, North Dakota, which is 25 miles from where I live now. My husband, Mychal, and I along with our two kids, Bentley and Payzlee, live near Bowdon, North Dakota.

 

Neumiller Harvesting is a family-owned operation that started in 1984 with Roger Neumiller combining for people around home and continued when his sons were old enough. Mychal and his cousin were the first ones to take the journey south in 2004 with one combine. That is when Neumiller Harvesting was created.

 

As the years went on Neumiller Harvesting added a few more machines and more employees. Today, Roger, Mychal, Cole, and Logan, along with their families, start the harvest journey in Texas with 10 Case combines, three Haul Master grain carts, and 15 semis. We are usually split up with machines running in four different areas. Our run continues through Oklahoma to Kansas, over to Colorado, then up through Nebraska and back to North Dakota.

 

We harvest spring wheat, winter wheat, canola, and durum in the summer and soybeans and corn in the fall. In the past years we have also done lentils, chick peas, and barley. Our fall harvest stays in North Dakota and we usually add a few more employees, another combine, and a grain cart. So, in total we will have 11 Case combines and four Haul Master grain carts running during fall harvest. In addition to the family, we will have about 20 employees. I am always treating them as one of my own because I know what it is like to be away from your family.

 

We are so grateful for all of our employees; some have been with us for six years and some employees will stay during the winter months to help in the shop or truck.

 

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 middle

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 ready for

It has been a while since my last post and after a very long rain delay, we have been pretty busy around here.  After spending seventy-seven days in Westhope they finally made the journey home. Once they got home, they had a couple days to recoup before it got hectic.



It rained on and off for over two weeks around home so that put a little damper on our combining. Once it finally cleared up, we have been going pretty steady for a while. The ladies and I brought campers into the shop and started cleaning them up and winterizing them

We all finally got going after a little over a week-long delay. The fields are a little muddy but we have gotten use to that in years past. The two combines that were in Esmond, North Dakota, finished and moved home. We stopped at a neighbor’s field and cut 50 acres for him since he was on our way home.

There is one combine left in the Jamestown area cutting beans and the other three that were there have finished their jobs. Two of them were brought home to run on the beans around here. We finally got to start again

Three years ago, we had a huge snow storm come through our area and dropped 30 inches of snow and a month prior we ended up with about 13 inches of rain in a 24-hour time period. Since it never really had a chance to freeze it made the field conditions very muddy. That was the year we combined every month, except January, from when we left for Texas in May until we left for Texas the following May. Thankfully that is not the case this year. There has not been a chance of snow in our forecast yet. We

We have a small rain delay here in North Dakota. As much as we need the moisture, we wish it would have held off a few days. The Westhope crew got lucky and finished the beans before the rain but the Esmond and Jamestown crew may not get fired back up for a few days. If the rain had held off a few more days we could have gotten all of our bean acres done for the year.
The Esmond crew finished one farmer and has moved to another farmer but fell a few hours short of finishing. We have been

Fall is my favorite time of the year, leaves changing colors, the cool crisp mornings, and fall harvest. Although it is fall, our weather does not make one believe it is. We have been in the 80s all week and even hit 96 degrees the first day we started beans around home. This weather is making bean harvest go rather quickly, that and the minimal rain we have received. The beans around home, near Bowdon, North Dakota, were not running as good as the beans up in Westhope or even Donnybrook so we have been able to cover a lot

September 19 was a day that we can tell people we combined soybeans and corn for the first time ever. Usually, soybeans are combined before corn but with the way mother nature has been here in North Dakota things are a little different. A few years ago, we actually were combining corn in March because we had so much moisture and snow that we were unable to do it at the normal time. Every year is something different but we learn to roll with it. Because of the year we have had we are actually combining some beans that are

North Dakota the state where Mother Nature is very unpredictable. As many of you know North Dakota has been hurt by severe drought this past year. This past winter only brought maybe a foot of snow for us here in Bowdon—if not less then that—and no measurable rain from August 2020 until August 2021. The third week of August we finally started getting some moisture. Although it was too late for the summer crops, it has helped the soybeans to an extent and helped the corn finish filling the cob and hopefully adding test weight. We are so grateful for