Wheat harvest is essential to the farming process. Wheat has to move from the field to the bins. But harvest is also essential to the rural community and culture.
Each year, once the combines hit the field, I hear from friends and family members who have memories, stories and a past time with combines and wheat fields. So many people, especial those in rural America, grew up on or around the farm. That has changed now – with most Americans now three generations removed from the farm – but there remain millions who remember days of cutting wheat, meals in the field and rides on the combine.
For our family, harvest is still very much a family event and a past time. Derek and his father work side-by-side everyday but are joined by Derek’s brother for at least part of harvest and this year, the crew added a third generation, our son Evan.
Meals are still delivered to the field and work begins as soon as the wheat is dry and doesn’t end until well past sun-down. The grain elevators stay open late and grain trucks occupy the back roads.
This year’s harvest is nearly complete and I am already looking forward to next year when my son will be old enough to run through the wheat, ride with his father and truly begin to experience wheat harvest.
Harvest is more than combines and wheat fields, it’s a tradition, a past-time and an integral part of the Kansas culture.