Greenfield, Iowa - Wheat harvest is just around the corner, but preparations for Summer 2019 started a long time ago.  The winter months gave us time to reevaluate the summer, consider what did and did not go so well, and look for ways to continuously improve our harvesting efforts.  

The difficult agricultural economy that has persisted makes for very tight margins between income and expenses for farmers.  Custom harvesters are finding it challenging to make their businesses profitable, too.  The largest expense for harvesters is the depreciation of the combine’s value as it racks up unusually high hours

Greenfield, Iowa—For some of you this is our first time meeting, and for others we are reconnecting again.  Either way, it’s exciting we are all here to share the 2019 wheat harvest together!

I am Brian G. Jones of Greenfield, Iowa, and I am a fourth generation farmer and a second generation wheat harvester.  I was born and raised on a family farm about 50 miles Southwest  of Des Moines in the rolling hills of Southwest Iowa.  In 1983 my father Glen Jones and grandpa George Rahn began (unknown to them at the time) a 35+ year

Can it really be over?!? Wheat harvest 2018 was as memorable as they come for Jones Harvesting, for all the right (and wrong) reasons. Watch the summary video below to relive the highs (and lows) of the summer, the most memorable photos, the best footage and catch one more glimpse of the sun setting on amber waves of grain.  Then continue reading on as I share details of the final journey back home, readjusting to life on the farm, gearing up for fall harvest, and the preparations already being made for wheat harvest 2019.



It's amazing how fast time goes

And just like that..the last pass is made, and wheat harvest 2018 is over for Jones Harvesting. Can that be possible? Did we really finish North Dakota in only 7 days? Amazingly, yes. Watch the video bellow to catch the harvesting action from the combine cab and the completion of the last field. Then continue reading on for a detailed account of the final days of harvest 2018 for the crew.



In my last correspondence we were harvesting with our hair on fire and the pace never slowed until the last bushel was cut. North Dakota can have tricky weather

Wow, what a difference a few days can make.  You'll recall the slow progress we had been making in South Dakota because of the green spring wheat ripening so slowly with cooler temperatures.  Well, the weather finally cooperated, the wheat dried down, and South Dakota ended in a flurry of activity. Click to watch the video below for an update live from our final South Dakota field. Then continue reading about the first few busy days of North Dakota harvest.



Finishing South Dakota always feels like such an accomplishment, because we spend so much time here covering so many

Onida, South Dakota - Spring wheat progress has been slow in much of central South Dakota, hampered by unusually cool, cloudy days that just haven't pushed the green spring wheat along nearly as fast as we hoped.  We find a field or two ready to harvest, and as soon as it is cut we play the waiting game again.  I guess this is the perfect example of when "green means stop, not go".  Click on the video below and I'll show you the problem first hand...


Since there hasn't been much harvesting action to share with you I

Click the video below to enjoy the scenic sites of winter wheat harvest in central South Dakota. Enjoy!!!


Three weeks after arriving in Onida, South Dakota, we are finally shifting gears....moving from winter wheat to spring wheat. No doubt you have noticed this year's very unusual weather, and harvest in South Dakota has been unusual because of...you guessed it, the weather.

We often anticipate a South Dakota harvest to be hot, dry, and windy with long hours and weeks of uninterrupted harvesting. This year is the opposite. Cool weather has been the norm, replacing triple-digit heat



 

Watch the video above to get the latest news on our progress here in Onida, South Dakota, as we enter week two of winter wheat harvest. We found some beautiful wheat, surrounded by an amazing scenery I MUST share with you!

Once updated, be sure to continue by clicking the video below as I share with you some of the BEST harvesting landscapes you'll ever view as we combine along the Missouri River. Watch the machines harvest along the water, fill the trucks with grain, unload the semis at the bin site and take equipment to the



Onida, South Dakota - Watch the video above as Brian takes a tour of 5 fields that were hit by catastrophic hail near Onida, South Dakota. Two separate storms cut a wide swath of destruction in Sully County the week prior to the 4th of July, continuing across the state of South Dakota in what many describe as the worst hail ever in the state's recent history.

There were reports of hail lasting an hour in duration, combined with micro-bursts of wind topping 90 mph. Over 200,000 acres of crops were damaged or destroyed in Sully County



Onida, South Dakota - Make sure you watch the above video for a summary of last weeks activities.

A quick synopsis: With SW Kansas finally finished we intended to move up to Big Springs, Nebraska for our next job. However, in another weather-related twist to the 2018 harvest, the worst case scenario of two states ready for harvest simultaneously has become a reality. So in an agonizing decision we have made arrangements to skip our Nebraska job and move 600+ miles to Onida, South Dakota.

It's disheartening, a little tough on morale and negatively affects the financial bottom