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Grandma Said Don’t Marry A Harvester

1. Tell a little about you and your operation.Nebraska Wheatie
My story begins as a 12 year old girl. My grandparents asked me to go along with them on the summer wheat harvest. I knew about harvest but it was a much different story in my head. It was the time of year that my grandparents were gone. I knew we couldn’t just go to their home and visit them. If we were to visit, it would mean a lengthy trip and it could be anywhere throughout the Midwest states.
I agreed to go along with them that year and help Grandma with her many chores. Then, one day, she made the mistake of leaving me with Grandpa in the field. I was only supposed to help the crew move from one field to the next. Instead, I jumped in the cab of the combine with Grandpa and I was hooked.

The next year, I met my future husband for the first time. He was a hired man for Grandpa and Grandma and also a friend of the family. We didn’t start dating until I was a sophomore in high school. I graduated in 1980 and in April 1982, we were married.

Grandma once told me, “Whatever you do, DON’T marry a harvester”. Jim will be the first one to say he wasn’t a harvester at that time. He was an electrician. It didn’t take much to convince him, though, that he should become a harvester. Grandpa and Dad approached us after we were married about purchasing a combine and travelling with them during the harvest. That’s all it took for a “wanna be farmer” do whatever he had to do to be involved with agriculture. And, harvest was in my blood.

Fast forward a few years and we bring into the picture four daughters and events that led us to being on the road with one combine and the family. As it is right now, we still have two daughters who follow us up and down the roads chasing the ripening wheat from May to September-Texas to Montana. I head to the field every morning with Jim while Taylor and Callie take care of the chores at the trailer house. We work together towards the common goal of finishing a job, packing up, loading up and moving to the next one. No one job is more important than the other – it takes all of us working together to “get ‘er done”.

I am a third generation custom harvester and proud to say I am a “wheatie”!

2. What made you want to start your blog?
I hadn’t even considered writing a blog. I had no idea what blogging was. I had started a Zeorian Harvesting & Trucking Facebook page and had a follower from Oklahoma suggest creating a blog. Her name is Toni and I’ve never met her. After each day of being in the field, I would write a brief synopsis of the day and include a picture of two. I had no idea what I was doing but I would read about suggestions and view other blogs for ideas. What you see is the result of my search.

3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started?
The biggest surprise is the number of people all over the world who have found my blog and follow it. I had no idea so many people would read my stories. It seems the custom harvester’s lifestyle and nomadic lifestyle is either unknown or loved. Each story I share is my way of introducing someone else to a link in the food chain which may not be known. It is my desire to educate the public about where their loaf of bread comes from.

4. What is your favorite post and why?
My favorite post is titled, “The walls of this old house”. This has nothing to do with harvest but everything to do with what’s most important to me – my family. Our lives are so short. Sometimes it’s the events of our lives such as a birth, a wedding or a death that make us stop and remember what’s most important. The street light that I mention in this particular post has been a constant in each day of my life for the past 29 years. Things have changed and yet remain the same.

5. Finish this statement: Because of my blog….
I have met a lot of friends from all over the world who are interested in the custom harvesting lifestyle. I’ve learned that when my thoughts, emotions and experiences are written into words they are enjoyed, shared and touch people in ways I never imagined. Because of my blog, I have learned my life may be on a course so much different than others and yet we’re the same.

You can also follow me and my family by liking our Facebook page –
ZeorianHarvestingandTrucking

follow me on Twitter @NEwheatie

Follow my stories by going to NebraskaWheatie.com

Farming in the Heart of the Midwest

1. Tell a little about you and your farm operation.Brandi in corn field

Hi! My name is Brandi. My blog is Lipstick & Tractors. The name is a perfect fit for my life; I am a farm girl who can keep up with the boys and look good doing it. I said ‘yes’ on December 23, 2013 to my ruggedly handsome farmer. I am a registered nurse and my fiancé is an ag mechanic. We have a baby – a black lab-mix named Jules that we rescued from the local shelter. In our free time (haha –free time, what’s that?) we enjoy spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, dining out, catching a movie, and heading to tractor pulls. Kyle sold his first pulling tractor and is working on his second, so he may be pulling again this year.

Our farm is nestled right in the heart of the Midwest. Northeast Iowa to be exact. My fiancé is part of a family farming operation that farms 5600+ acres of corn and beans each year. As well as owning 12 hog buildings. I help out when and where I can. Kyle started his own ag repair business and does this in addition to working at his dad’s ag repair shop.

2. What made you want to start your blog?

I wanted a way to connect with other people who shared my lifestyle. I also wanted to share our story of agriculture, as well as our life in general.

3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect:

The support of my blog has been overwhelming and I am very thankful for that! I am surprised by the amount of followers, views, pins, etc. I am very grateful for all the connections I have made. I didn’t expect some of my blog posts to get so popular.

4. What posts topics are a favorite with your readers?

My most popular posts are my Better Than Sex Cake recipe and Why I Don’t Like Your Blog. My response to 23 Things To Do Instead of Getting Engaged Before You’re 23, I’m 22 & Engaged also topped the charts. In general my readers enjoy my posts on agriculture, beauty product reviews, wedding, and recipes.

5. What obstacles have you met and how did you overcome them?

I meet obstacles often – in life, in agriculture, in blogging, in nursing. I rely on my fiancé, family, friends, my blog, and God to help me overcome them. When times get tough I just remember that it could be worse and things will get better.

 

Social Media:

Lipstick & Tractors

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lipstickandtractors

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cornfedfarmgirl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/brandilang

 

Small Animal Vet And Her Farm

Featured Farmer: KayKay 4R Ranch
at 4R Ranch
blogging since Jan. 2008

1. Tell a little about you and your operation.
My husband and I purchased our farm 1996 and then built a house and moved here 3 years later.  We have since been able to purchase additional land and we now have about 500 acres.  We run 180 head of beef cows and retain ownership of the calves when we send them to a feedlot in Nebraska.  We have about 40 nanny goats that are uses for brush and weed control and we sell the kids in the fall.  We also have 7 horses that we train and ride in a variety of activities from showing to endurance riding.   Our 2 girls have been in 4-H showing horses and cattle.  Both were on the State 4-H horse judging team.  I also work part time as a small animal vet.

2. What made you want to start your blog?
I had a friend that sent me her blog link in a Christmas card several years ago.  I really didn’t know anything about blogs at the time.  When I looked at hers it was all about knitting and quilting.  I thought our farm activities would be just as interesting if not more so.  My husband said,  “you can do that.”  So my daughter set up the account and we were off.  I also thought it would be an excellent way to keep in touch with family and friends and let them know what all we were up to.  It has also come in handy as a farm diary of sorts, I can go back and see when we did things in the past.

3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect:
I don’t think I really expected to be doing it this long.  February will start my 7th year.  My family is amazed that I can come up with so many different posts.

4. What is your favorite post and why?
With 1200 posts I don’t think I can pick a favorite one.  I guess I really like the ones that include my family for obvious reasons but I also like the ones pertaining to training my horses.  I enjoy going back and seeing how much progress we have made.

5. What obstacles have you met and how did you overcome them?
A couple of years ago I ran out of space for pictures on my account.  I then started an account with photobucket but it was too cumbersome to use easily.  After much complaining and a little research I found out how to decrease the size of the photos and continue with my same picasa account.

Visit Kay’s blog at 4R Ranch. And say Hi.

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