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Roland Harvesting crew 'homesick' for harvest

“Homesick.” Most people think this term refers to being away and longing to return home. For Roland Harvesting, the word means we’re “sick” of being home and we’re anxious to hit the road for another harvest season. During harvest our home is at each and every community we have the opportunity to work in.

The biggest change we will experience during the 2013 season is not having part of our usual crew join us for another run.

James and I recently graduated from the University of Wyoming! James graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He will be a Mechanical Engineering Intern this summer for Case New Holland in Grand Island, Neb. After growing up around harvest and running New Holland equipment his whole life, it should be interesting to see the other side of things! We are all sad that James won’t be returning on harvest for another year but we’re very proud of him and his new journey he is beginning.

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and am preparing to take my boards very soon and hunting for a job. I hope to be back and forth on harvest as a part-time correspondent. It’s not summer for me without harvest, so it’s going to be hard to keep me away.

Sporting University of Wyoming game-day gold—or New Holland yellow— the Roland harvest crew includes (from left to right): Kasey, Jose, Brandon, Sam, and Eric.

Roland Harvesting will have a combination of experienced and new crew members. The veterans include: Alan (my dad), Brandon (my brother), and Jose. The rookies’ group is from the University of Wyoming and includes: Eric, Sam, and Kasey. Dad and Brandon will be running the combines, and Jose will mainly be a combine operator as well. Eric, Sam, and Kasey will all be cross-training between the grain cart and truck so they will be capable of performing the many different duties of harvest. My mom (Loretta) and I will be helping out periodically throughout the summer.

Roland Harvesting will be operating a CR 9060, CR 9070, and CR 9080 New Holland combines with 36 foot draper headers. We will bring three semis and grain trailers to haul grain. In addition, the tractor and 1,000-bushel grain cart will be brought on the road to help with harvest.

Roland Harvesting is owned and operated by my parents, Alan and Loretta Roland. My dad has been harvesting since 1978, making this his 35th year of harvest. This will be my third year with All Aboard Wheat Harvest. Roland Harvesting looks forward to sharing our new adventures with you all!

Megan Roland can be reached at

Date: 5/27/2013


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