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All Aboard Harvest | Janel: On The Road Again

28 Might Janel: On The Road Again

Holdrege, Nebraska – I just can’t wait to get on the street again! Snigger out loud! How can it’s harvest time once more already? I am Janel Schemper and a 3rd era U.S. customized harvester. I can’t wait to be again in the fields harvesting those lovely amber waves of grain and seeing the perfect sunsets that our country has to offer in the course of the harvest season from Might through November. I have spent each summer time of my life following the wheat harvest from Texas to North Dakota. I went south for my first harvest at solely 5 months previous. I’m the youngest of 4 youngsters and all the time beloved the household time and all the hours we spent on the street harvesting together as a household. Anybody that is aware of my mom and pop has all the time informed me how lucky I am to have good mother and father. I couldn’t agree more. I typically thank the great Lord for the blessings in my life and am so proud to nonetheless be harvesting with my mother and pop and two brothers JC and Jared. For me, the perfect a part of harvesting is working alongside family. They’ve all the time been my precedence. It’s a singular occupation but trust me once I say this subsequent statement. This life ain’t for everyone!

Rising up we’d depart for harvest as quickly as faculty received out in Might after which return from harvest the night time before faculty began in late August. We’d comply with the harvest trail all summer time long harvesting crops for farmers across the Nice Plains of America. When us youngsters have been old enough to study the texture of being behind the wheel we have been hooked! We have been Dad’s crew and he taught us a lot. All of us started out working combines at a young age. My favorite part of harvesting is combine time. Every hour I get in the combine harvesting crops is a blessing in my thoughts.

Harvest time is a number of early mornings and late nights however that’s what it takes to make a dwelling in this enterprise. Customized harvesting is a service that relieves the farmer of getting to spend money on machinery and labor that may be very pricey. The harvester harvests the crops in a timely trend. Climate is all the time threatening to wreck the crop before it’s harvested. This is where I discovered the worth of time at a very younger age. It appears we are all the time pushed to the limit making an attempt to do one of the best harvesting job potential and holding clients pleased. They anticipate an impressive service and are all the time relying on us to harvest their crops appropriately and efficiently. We all the time do our absolute best.  Racing the weather is large on this business.

Getting to work for a similar farmers each harvest season is all the time a blessing. A job and a place to rely on along the harvest trail is usually what we have to survive the harvesting enterprise. Nevertheless, this yr I’m very sad that our farmer in northeast Colorado retired and we gained’t be stopping there to reap his wheat. He’s all the time been there and we might all the time rely on him to have a place to go and wheat for us to cut. We harvested there 30 plus years and I’ll miss that this yr massive time.

My job duties embrace operating a combine and driving a truck hauling the mix and header from location to location on our harvest route. I have a Class A CDL with endorsements and will typically occasions also haul a load of grain to the elevator very first thing within the morning or when needed. I additionally keep busy hiring the crew and looking for the perfect help potential. I’m excited to have my niece, Sierra, on harvest this yr since she simply graduated high school and doesn’t have any summer time actions now. She will even be harvesting with us this fall at residence in Nebraska and can begin school in November. I hope she’ll achieve an understanding of what the generations earlier than us have constructed up for us on this enterprise.  Also, achieve an perception into all of the work it takes to make this business go.

General, I’m wanting forward to the upcoming harvest and seeing what it brings us. The past two years weren’t good at all with the drought down south and fewer acres planted. Proper now, I’m estimating harvest will start around June 1. We’ve excellent wanting wheat to chop and plenty of good wheat to cut down south in Oklahoma and Kansas, too.

I typically get the question of what do you do whenever you’re not harvesting? I didn’t actually ever take a break from working through the harvest off-season this yr. I stayed tremendous busy hauling grain five to six days per week. I’ve started as early as four a.m. and give up as late as 9 p.m. and had respectable luck general. I’ve needed to wait in some long strains and cope with numerous moisture on the highways when it was foggy, snowing or raining. There have been sometimes some trains sitting in the best way, too. Sometimes, the times are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. although. I did get a couple of days off as a consequence of snow. We did have loads of moisture this previous winter and spring.

Nevertheless, I all the time make time to attend the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. annual conference. This has all the time been a prime precedence of mine. My dad was one of the founders of the USCHI when it was began in 1983. My mother and father, LaVern and Carlene Schemper, have been inducted into the USCHI Hall of Fame in 2018. In past years, the conference has been held in Nebraska, which was one of the best because it’s centrally situated for harvesters from throughout to attend! This yr it was in Amarillo, Texas, and was nicely attended by members. I virtually stayed residence and stored on hauling grain however thought I ought to be there to help my household. My brother, JC Schemper, was the 2018 USCHI vice chairman. Now, he’s the 2019 president. He was nominated and voted in so he has been putting a number of his time into the USCHI group. He has traveled to some places supporting the USCHI including Washington, D.C., which he stated was a chance of a lifetime.

On February 2 at the USCHI convention the Schemper household very much enjoyed the banquet. My niece Sierra Schemper was there and acquired two USCHI scholarships. It was very thrilling and one thing she is pleased with and my mother, Carlene Schemper, was stunned when she was referred to as to the stage to simply accept an award for being the USCHI scholarship chairman for therefore many years. I occurred to promote a number of raffle tickets on the convention and so I used to be requested to draw the winner of the raffle through the banquet and drew my brother’s identify out of the complete raffle shuffle. No, it was not rigged! JC gained the prize and in addition turned the USCHI president in the course of the banquet. It was a fantastic night time in Amarillo, Texas!

Truthfully, I just can’t wait to get on the street again! Nothing lasts perpetually and I’m so blessed to get to go on one other harvest. Good luck to all the harvesters. It’s a troublesome business to be in and a harmful one. Please be protected everyone!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by Excessive Plains Journal and John Deere. Janel Schemper may be reached at [email protected]

Miss Moo loves truck rides too!  That is how we spend our winter, aka harvest off-season.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Ready in line to get loaded with corn. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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It’s freezing cold outdoors and with the wind chill it’s depressing. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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My niece Samantha and I in Amarillo, Texas, at the U.S. Customized Harvesters, Inc. banquet. She helped me promote raffle tickets at the banquet, too.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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My dad’s truck on the left.  Thankful for electrical tarps on our trailers. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Following my dad on this journey. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Getting a load of milo. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Miss Moo is as sweet as pie. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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A typical day of driving truck for Miss Moo and I.  That was us at this time—January 14, 2019.

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When the roads are wet, the truck and trailer gets messy but I try to wash the truck every day.  This is the truck I virtually all the time drive. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Getting a load of soybeans. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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The corn pile is nearly finished. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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That was us as we speak, January 17! One other foggy day. So, meaning 90 days from now it’ll be raining, proper? Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Sierra’s scholarship smile! Congratulations on your U.S. Customized Harvesters, Inc. scholarships acquired in Amarillo, Texas! Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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My uncle, Lonny, waiting for a load of milo. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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My uncle, Lonny, getting a load of milo. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Simply getting started on this pile of corn in January. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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That is how it is finished. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Miss Moo loves enjoying in the snow and having a snow day at residence! Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Miss Moo loves enjoying within the snow and really is one-of-a-kind in each method. Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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A Schemper household photograph on the U.S. Customized Harvesters, Inc. annual assembly banquet in Amarillo, Texas, on February 2, 2019. Sierra acquired two scholarships. Carlene acquired a scholarship chairman award. JC went from 2018 vice chairman to the 2019 USCHI president. The subsequent conference will probably be in Scorching Springs, Arkansas. Pictured from left to proper Janel, Carlene, LaVern, Tricia, JC, Sunder, Sterling, Sage, Jared, Samantha, Daybreak and Sierra.

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I really like having her here, there and in all places with me!  Miss Moo keeps me firm while working the day away.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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You possibly can virtually all the time find Miss Moo within the shade.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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My newest wheels.  I really like the colours.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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I really like driving this truck.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Getting new combines prepared for harvest.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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My nephew, Sawyer, helping at the store on a Saturday.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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It was a hay type of day for JC.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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Miss Moo loves her driver.  Here we have been unloading soybeans on a Saturday morning Might four, 2019.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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That face although.  So sweet, Moo.  Photograph by Janel Schemper.

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My niece Sierra graduated from high school and goes harvesting this yr!  Photograph by Carlene Schemper.