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All Aboard Harvest | Laura: The crew and thank you!

28 Sep Laura: The crew and thank you!

Park, Kansas – The crew has made it again to our headquarters in northwest Kansas. It was an almost instant change over, service, and now they are in the area choosing high moisture corn and soybeans. Its crazy how shortly things move and that it is already time to start out the subsequent season of crops. The climate has been favorable relating to moisture in many elements of western and northwest Kansas this summer time, so we expect robust yields in many areas. Most acres we harvest in the fall include grain sorghum, corn, and soybeans, however we are open to different crops as needed. Climate can dictate how shortly the process goes, but we are often harvesting until Thanksgiving or typically into December.

Fall harvest has such a special really feel than wheat! (Photograph by Laura – Fall 2017)

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The grain cart accumulating one other load of grain during fall harvest 2017 in northwest Kansas. (Photograph by Laura)

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Woman A expectantly waits for her dad to finish dumping and hop out for a quick visit. (Photograph by Laura – Fall 2017)

For my one in every of my remaining planned posts of the season, I needed to do something a bit of totally different. You often read about harvest by way of my glasses, but I’m only one piece of the puzzle that makes up our harvest workforce. I often launched our crew firstly of the season. Nevertheless, this yr, I decided “save the best for last” to allow time for more crew members to arrive and reminiscences to be made and reintroduce them to you. A last curtain name if you’ll.

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As seen before, a part of the crew! (Photograph by Laura)

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One other group shot since some have been missing in the picture above and others are lacking on this one! I still don’t assume I’ve had everybody in a single spot for a gaggle photograph this season. We love our 10th-anniversary AAWH shirts! Thanks, HPJ! (Photograph by Laura)

During wheat harvest, we had several regions represented: USA, UK, and the Netherlands. Mark, as you recognize nicely by now, is the crew foreman from the US and has been with us because the beginning. We respect his work and dedication. Thanks, additionally, to his spouse Jill, as a result of the adventure of being a harvest wife, whether or not on the street or maintaining the home fires burning is not any straightforward process.

We had three crew members return for their second yr and embrace Dan, James, and Leigh. First yr members embrace Cy, Adam, Matt, Tom, Teifryn, and Dion. New member, Will, joined us later in the season as well as Dave, previous crew member who’s sometimes accompanied by wife Coti. Harold, or Opa, as the crew affectionately calls him, hung up his keys this previous yr, however he’ll be taking a vacation from retirement and coming to help slightly throughout fall harvest.  Shaun, a former crew member, and Joey just lately got here on to help with fall work.

The crew has labored very exhausting and I need to give them an opportunity to showcase their experiences in more than just footage. Several members, that have been current for the whole wheat run, have been prepared to share some of their favorite experiences.

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James watching his trailer being crammed in Montana. (Photograph by Laura)

James – 2nd yr crew member from the UK
Why be a part of a harvest crew? Once I was younger, I targeted on work. I completed school and started an apprenticeship and spent 16 years in a job I wasn’t proud of and felt like I was stuck in a rut. Ultimately, I discovered a approach out and started driving in the UK which allowed me to journey the length and breadth of the UK. I started to fairly take pleasure in myself meeting new individuals and going new places so once I noticed an advert for an company (Harvest Help UK-USA), I noticed I wasn’t getting any younger and thought, “Screw it! What have you got to lose?” I’d liked films like “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Convoy” once I was younger. Why not reside your dream and drive vans in the USA? So, here I’m dwelling my dream!

What was your favourite harvest memory? My favorite harvest moment is sort of arduous to pin level as this is my second yr. I look ahead to going back to a few of the places as we’ve made buddies there and its awesome to see them again along with creating lasting reminiscences with the crew. My favourite stop is northern Montana. I’ve numerous buddies up there now and this considerably sways my judgement. Nevertheless, there’s one thing particular up there, understanding you’ve been from Texas to the Canadian border, along with slicing beside the peaks of Glacier park. That’s one thing just a little bit particular. Its one thing nobody in my country can dream of at house. Yes, they’ve been on vacation, but by no means a 1600 mile trip (on probably the most direct/quickest route) over 9 months, experiencing all the totally different landscapes and individuals. For me, that’s what makes harvest particular.

What is your favorite non-harvest memory? I feel this yr’s favorite reminiscence was going to Glacier. Admittedly, half of it was on hearth and we have been only capable of get as far as Logan cross. Nevertheless, this worked to our advantage and we trekked right down to the Secret Lake which was merely breathtaking though an exceptionally long, steep both up and down, 6-mile stroll. Nevertheless, it was more than value it!

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Matt rushes to catch the subsequent load in Colorado. (Photograph by Laura)

Matt – 1st yr crew member from the UK (brother to Adam)
Why be a part of a harvest crew? I needed to do something utterly totally different. There’s a special approach of farming and method of doing things. I’ve been capable of meet new individuals and received the chance to do it with my brother.

What was your favourite harvest reminiscence? I’ve loved operating the Shelbournes and working with the Shelbourne help employees. I’ve been prepared to study and been given the opportunity to study to operate all of the gear and vans.

What is your favorite non-harvest memory? Route 66 museum and learning why it (the highway) got here to be and lost its reputation. It is something we don’t have in the UK. We now have A-1. We also went to Spokane, in Washington state, throughout the Rockies.

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Teifryn working the grain cart in Montana. (Photograph by Laura)

Teifryn – 1st Yr crew member from the UK

Why be a part of a harvest crew? I’ve all the time needed to go to America, with a near obsession to it but the thirst for America wasn’t quenched by the little issues that trickled over to the UK (meals and merchandise), so what higher option to see the large open roads, black tops, the totally different states, take heed to the wind brush by way of the large wheat fields, and to see the indicators and sights that I’d only seen on the telly than to hitch a harvest crew.

What was your favorite harvest memory? My favorite wheat harvest second was hauling a combine from to our final stop. There was a part of the drive north of Harlem that was parallel with a railroad monitor, the climate was good, the drive was straightforward and it was scenes I’d solely seen in a film, driving aspect by aspect with a freight practice. Additionally, making pals. Couldn’t of met a better individual than a crazy Dutch man!

What is your favourite non-harvest reminiscence? Me, Dion, Tom and Matt took a street trip to Spokane, WA, then back by means of Glacier. I noticed a few of the greatest sights of my life on that trip and made a few of the greatest reminiscences. The bridge in Idaho. Basic American bridge. Me and Dion noticed it and knew we needed to leap off it.

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Dion and Mark give a playful “thumbs up” after finishing a area in Colorado. (Photograph by Laura)

Dion – 1st yr crew member from the Netherlands

Why be a part of a harvest crew? It was the right opportunity to get to study and operate many forms of massive equipment and become profitable doing it. I additionally get acquired a paid street journey to see the USA. It’s the right combination!

What was your favorite harvest reminiscence? Choosing up the final wheat with the pick-up header at the Canadian border with a transparent view of Glacier Nationwide Park.

What’s your favourite non-harvest reminiscence? Street-trip to Washington and Idaho. We jumped from a bridge and the water was so brilliant we might see the bottom from the top of the bridge.

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Adam harvesting a subject in Oklahoma. (Photograph by Laura)

Adam – 1st yr crew member from the UK (brother to Matt)

Why be a part of a harvest crew? It’s a singular expertise to be able to travel around the nation and harvest on a scale not seen in lots of other elements of the world. It’s additionally a chance to make buddies from different nations and the US and study extra concerning the “real” America and how farming works right here.

What was your favorite harvest reminiscence? Harvesting in Colorado with 5 combines in the same area was nice. Hauling again after summer time harvest was enjoyable too, seeing the scenery change from the mountains in northern Montana to the flat plains of Kansas. It’s been fascinating seeing how every state is a bit of totally different when it comes to geography and farming practices, as this was something I hadn’t appreciated earlier than coming right here.

What’s your favourite non-harvest reminiscence? Taking a boat out in Massive Horn Canyon (southern MT) was superb. We also had a good time on the NASCAR race in Kansas Metropolis again in Might. Considering we’d solely met each other lower than 2 weeks earlier than, it exhibits how shortly we all acquired on with each other and decided to take advantage of our time and the chance to do and see as much as attainable.

Wow! Call me biased, but I feel they went above and past to share their experiences with us. Despite the fact that I sometimes hear tales throughout the season, it is nonetheless fun to study what has resonated with people throughout their time on the run. I hope you enjoyed hearing about their individual adventures as much as I did! It takes a village to get this job finished and I recognize both the seasoned and new members and their roles on the crew.

Talking of village, its time I thank another essential individuals. A huge thank you to our farmers and their families for making us a part of your operation. We might not be right here if it wasn’t for you. We recognize you trusting us with this extremely essential facet of your livelihood.

Thanks to the various who impression our enterprise within the communities we go to every summer time. From the elevator and agronomy places we haul into, the gasoline corporations, camp grounds, friendly residents, food service personnel on the native grocery stores and cafes, and everybody in between, it might be much more troublesome to do our jobs without your help.

Thank you to the readers who comply with the crews each summer time. If it wasn’t in your curiosity in All Aboard Wheat Harvest, this program wouldn’t exist. Your feedback and emails of encouragement are most appreciated.

Lastly, thank you to High Plains Journal for giving the correspondents a platform to inform the story of the Nice American Wheat Harvest. It has been a joy to be a correspondent for the last four years and a duty I don’t take calmly. Thank you to every of the sponsors, John Deere, Oklahoma Baptist Houses for Youngsters, AgriPro, Unverferth, for supporting this instructional opportunity.

Take care and God bless!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Laura could be reached at [email protected]