Southwest Oklahoma–The start of harvest is very challenging because there is so much that goes into training the crew. There is a lot of noise on harvest crews' two-way radios because literally there is so much training going on constantly. Most of the employees on harvest crews are seasonal workers and experience the harvest maybe one or two seasons only–some less and some more. The amount of questions asked in a day’s time when harvest is starting out is challenging because it takes the skill of patience to deal with training. Eventually with time, hopefully everyone catches on and things

Southwest Oklahoma–I left for harvest on May 18 and arrived in southwest Oklahoma on May 19. We parked the campers and unloaded the equipment in 107-degree heat.  Then we went to the field and sampled right away and the grain wasn't quite dry enough yet. It seems like this time of year always sneaks up on me so quickly. It’s time to cut wheat and harvest begins again. On May 22 we got to cutting wheat and cut late that night and I really enjoy that sometimes. It brings back lots and lots and lots of memories of getting out of

Hey from the 308–but not for long. It’s nearly time to cut wheat. My name is Janel Schemper. I am a third-generation custom harvester from Holdrege, Nebraska. I’ve been a harvester forever and my combine career keeps me very busy. I am a combine operator, truck driver, and I hire our employees. Every May our harvesting crew goes south for wheat harvest. We start in southwest Oklahoma and cut in seven states while working our way north following the wheat harvest. Our crews end up in Montana and North Dakota. We typically finish up wheat harvest in September and then

Northeastern North Dakota–We got moved up to our last stop on wheat harvest and got to cut for several days before we got rained out. We cut spring wheat that was yielding around 50 to 70 bushels per acre. The test weights were over 63 pounds per bushel and the protein around 15%. We also cut field peas and finished cutting them right before it rained.

A lot of wheat got cut in this area last week. Several harvesters are not here yet. We got here right on time and went straight to the field and had pretty good going until

Northeastern North Dakota (15 miles from the Canadian Border)–We got moved up to our last stop on wheat harvest and went straight to the field when we arrived. We’ve been staying busying cutting spring wheat. It’s yielding pretty well even though there’s a drought going on up here in the Dakotas. It’s been making 45 to 65 bushels per acre and the test weights have been around 63 pounds per bushel and the protein has been around 15%.

The weather has been hot and dry. The day we moved up here it was 95 degrees. The harvest is just getting started

Southwestern North Dakota–We have been doing well cutting spring wheat here in my favorite wheat state of North Dakota. We had a nine day run of cutting wheat before we caught a rain. It has been all farm yard bin work so far and has been working out pretty good. The wheat has been making 35 to 50 bushels per acre and the test weights have been over 60 pounds per bushel. We just started on some canola today (a 640-acre field) and it is borderline ready to go. The moisture was showing 8.5 to 9.5% and since we are

Southwestern North Dakota–Life on the road is what I know but it isn’t for the faint of heart. There are a lot of unknowns out here on harvest. Being a custom harvester is a fingers-crossed hope it all works out, kind of day-to-day gamble. Some days I have a gut ache or a headache and sometimes even heart ache. This career comes with stress. We work hard and often I'm praying with my eyes wide open.

Luckily, we have been staying busy cutting spring wheat. It’s making around 30 to 40 bushels an acre. It’s been all bin work so far.

Southwestern North Dakota–Everything is good here. They’ve got a good crop for us to cut this year. It looks like 40-bushel wheat and the forecast is hot and dry. I just got to southwestern North Dakota after four days of traveling up from western Kansas. The harvest is just getting started around here. There is some wheat cut but there is also green wheat around, which is the first green wheat I’ve seen all summer. Everywhere I’ve been the wheat has been more than ready to cut. I just traveled across four states and am finally catching back up to

Western Kansas–I’ve been here in western Kansas for almost a month and am the last cutter in town but that is OK because we have been staying busy in the fields. We ended up staying in western Kansas with two combines while the rest of the crew went north and handled cutting all of our wheat jobs in western Nebraska. They have just finished up there and are making the big move up to north central Montana now with six combines. My dad and I finished up our main wheat job here and gained more work so we’ll just stay

Western Kansas–We’ve been rained out three times while we’ve been harvesting wheat in western Kansas. Some of the wheat has been laying flat on the ground. The conditions haven’t been the greatest while we've been here trying to get the wheat harvested. While combining, the dirt and dust just flies. The combines are filthy from all the dirt, dust and rainstorms.

The wheat has been averaging around 60 and 70 bushels per acre. The test weights have been less than 60 pounds per bushel and with every rain the test weights keep getting worse. The protein has been staying around 12