Wheat Harvest Part 4

(If you missed the earlier parts in this series, you can see them here: Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 )

The last part of our wheat harvest to show you is taking the wheat to town and unloading it at the elevator. This is where we sell all our grain. As Harland cuts the wheat, he periodically empties the combine into the grain truck.


When the truck is full, our neighbor, Bill, drives the truck to the elevator, unloads it, and brings it back to the field.


Bill is one of the landowners who’s land we farm. He’s retired, and 80-something years young, but you’d never know it.

Are you ready to go to the elevator?  Let’s go!

Bill takes the truck to town several times a day during wheat harvest.

Thanks for coming along today. Also, thanks for your patience in bringing you this series.


KITTY UPDATE:  Kitty is feeling better this morning. She took another trip to the vet yesterday. They took her temperature and some blood. They tested her blood for bad viruses which came back negative -which was a big relief. The vet gave her a super antibiotic injection and said she should be feeling much better by this weekend. Harland said during her exam she went after everyone at the vet’s office (trying to bite and scratch), including him. She sat on the exam table growling and hissing. When she got home, she spent the afternoon hiding under Harland’s desk sulking from her “atrocious treatment at the hands of the evil humans”. But this morning she greeted us when the alarm when off by jumping onto the bed to enjoy some petting and attention. Purr purr purr…..

Will keep you updated on her progress. We hope she’s finally on the mend for good, and THANK YOU again for all your good wishes!




Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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10 Responses

  1. Carol says:

    Please kiss Kitty for me and scratch behind her ears. Kitty has looked sick for quite a while, Bess your hearts, it’s been exhausting for the humans too. Hope kitty is on the mend, purr purr !

  2. Tina says:

    Om my gosh that just cracks me up. What a pre-madonna!She didn’t like her feathers ruffled huh? She really is a sweetheart and it’s for her own good. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you and Harland as well as Bill for bringing the country to us city folk. If you want I can show you videos of city traffic!?

  3. Rural TN says:

    Wonderful to see Bill working on the farm. Most country people seem to stay fit for a long time. Our neighbor, another Bill and 82, is an expert with small engines and loves to operate a chain saw and wood splitter. He assists us with cutting wood for our wonderful soap stone stove. He taught my husband how to use a chain saw and is willing to share his knowledge with others. The Phony Farm in TN.

  4. Jeanne says:

    That was quite a bouncy ride for you! – I’ve been wondering what type of wheat it is that you raise – is it the hard red? Tell Kitty I hope she’s going to be all better very soon. Maybe jumping onto the bed to say good morning is a good sign!

  5. June says:

    Loved your Wheat Harvest series, especially the ride-alongs! Brought back memories of visiting my grandparents during wheat harvest in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Besides using a big truck, Grandma drove the 1954 Chevy pickup with tall sideboard extensions, and I rode with her to the elevator. My family lived in a small town in Osage County and the house I grew up in was located one half block from the Co-Op grain elevator. During harvest, the trucks would be parked along our street in a long line, sometimes extending for a couple of blocks, waiting to weigh, then unload. You do a wonderful job of using pictures, videos and commentary to describe the farming processes to both city and country folks. Hope Kitty continues to improve! Love your website!

    • Suzanne says:

      Different equipment and times, but it sounds like the harvest is basically the same. Neat how some things don’t change. Thanks June!

  6. Tara says:

    Got sassy did she? lol…Can’t blame her, mean ole people sticking a needle in her…lol….
    Glad she was forgiving!

  7. Lynda M O says:

    Good for Kitty. Glad to hear that she continues to improve. Jumping on the bed – very good sign. Great harvest series, thank you.

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