Frederick, Oklahoma – In honor of harvest kickoff this year I thought it’d be fun to share a little fact about John Deere. Have you ever thought about John Deere’s colors and how or why they were chosen? I’ve always thought that the John Deere green and yellow colors are the best ones of the best ones. Both are photogenic colors right along with the colors of harvest. The classic green with yellow wheels is iconic and traditional.

There are several theories as to how and why the colors were chosen. I was once told that Mr. John Deere’s wife

Park, Kansas—Northwest Kansas has been included in the rainy pattern that has been prevalent this spring. As a result, many, including us, still have fall crop to get in the ground. Time will tell how that all shakes out. But, things are green. I mean green-green, and it is beautiful. That's one way I'm trying to keep a positive outlook because I remember a time, in the not so distant past, when the faucet in the sky turned off with not a drop to spare.

Since the rain has been so far reaching, we've been given

Manley, Nebraska – The waiting is sometimes the hardest part of anything.

And it’s no different for that first day of being on the road. But there’s no sense in getting in a hurry. The most common harvest quote and one I’ve heard since I was about 12 years old is “hurry up and wait.” It’s so true for pretty much all of what the harvest journey is about.

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I planted my "traveling garden" last night ... just before the rains rolled in, once again.

Yes, we’re waiting. Waiting on the wheat to ripen and waiting on the weather to

Hi, my name is Laura, and my family are harvesters. Yes, I’m stating the obvious, but some say the first step to recovery is admitting you have an issue. And our issue is being harvesters. Why anyone would lay it all on the line to chase a crop that may or may not make it to harvest is beyond me. Yet, I’ve been sucked into the current and I’m not sure I want to recover.

Each day, many challenges are waiting. Even with all the modern safety features, it is still a dangerous occupation, and things can go wrong despite

Manley, Nebraska—I found myself wishing for a patio set a couple of days ago. I’ve never had one. There are so many cute sets with matching pillows and I try to tell myself that maybe it would be okay to purchase one. After all, they are on sale right now. And then the practical side of my brain tells me that would just be plain dumb. I might get to use it for a couple of weeks and then I’d have to find a place to store it for the next three months.

Oh, and all those beautiful flowers and





Cheyenne, Oklahoma–How are we already on the backside of May? I’m Lindsey Orgain with Orgain Harvesting in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. This will be my husband, Jason, and my 14th year on the harvest trail. We have known the end of our custom harvesting days was approaching. We have focused on expanding our farm operation at home, and thankfully we have been fortunate enough to add acres in the last couple of years. That makes being on the road for six months out of the year very difficult, expensive and stressful. One evening Jason told me, “I’m just tired of always