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Laura: The delicate dance of harvest plans versus the reality of nature

When it comes to harvest work, it isn't unusual that the best laid plans often get sidelined by the reality of nature. Schedule flexibility is the name of the game (a life skill I have to continue work on). Originally, we thought we'd have made the final move down south by now. However, frequent rains and cool temperatures have delayed wheat maturity. We are so thankful for the rains as many of our farmers, ourselves included, have experienced drought the past several years. We know that when things finally dry out and warm temperatures hit, it's going to be extra crazy trying to get t…

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  • Laura: The delicate dance of harvest plans versus the reality of nature

    When it comes to harvest work, it isn't unusual that the best laid plans often get sidelined by the reality of nature. Schedule flexibility is the name of the game (a life skill I have to continue work on). Originally, we thought we'd have made the final move down south by now. However, frequent rai...
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