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All Aboard Wheat Harvest prepares for launch

By Holly Martin

For High Plains Journal and Midwest Ag Journal readers, the beginning of June means watching the wheat turn and anticipating harvest. It also kicks off our sixth year of harvest coverage with All Aboard Wheat Harvest, sponsored by New Holland Agriculture.

All Aboard Wheat Harvest covers harvest in an up-close and personal way. Our correspondents are members of custom cutting crews that will be moving north as the harvest progress. They will be posting from the road, telling us how the harvest is going, as well as giving us a glimpse into the lives of custom harvesters. It will educational and fun.

On page 1B over the next two weeks, we begin introducing you to the All Aboard correspondents. If you have followed along in past years, the faces are familiar.

Jada Bulgin—Jada has been an All Aboard Harvest correspondent from the very beginning. Over the years we have followed along as she has become a mother and along with her husband, Leon, the managing partners in Hoffman Harvesting, a crew that was started by her father, Perry Hoffman.

Emma Misener—Emma has been a correspondent since 2010 and has been great using her video camera to explain many things custom harvesters do. Her father passed away after her first season with us and now she, her brother and her mother operate the crew.

Megan Roland—It’s a family affair as well for Roland Harvesting. The crew includes Megan’s dad, brother and cousin, along with other hired crew members. Megan is moving to a part-time correspondent this year, but we will enjoy continuing to follow along their journey.

Stephanie Osowski—You’ll be seeing a lot more of Stephanie this year. She’s graduated from college and will be making AAWH correspondent duties her full-time job for the next few months. Steph’s crew, Osowski Ag Service, is also made up of her family including her mom and dad, Bob and Loree, and her brother, Brandon.

The Z Crew—The Zeorian family has been with All Aboard since the beginning. Jenna was one of our first correspondents and now her sisters Taylor and Callie are continuing the tradition. The sisters help parents, Tracy and Jim, in their small but mighty crew.

One of the things we have learned over the last six years and our sponsorship of All Aboard Wheat Harvest is that no two years are the same. Some years we find that the crews are headed south in early May due to unusually warm weather. Other years cool temperatures and rain have pushed harvest back a few weeks.

And some years, unfortunately, there just isn’t a crop to harvest. Right now, that seems to be the case in some of the locations for our crews. Southern Plains wheat—well, let’s just say that it doesn’t look good. As we move north across the coverage area that just might be the case in more places we would like.

You can get the latest information, good or bad, on the All Aboard Wheat Harvest blog at www.AllAboardHarvest.com or you can follow along here in print, where we will summarize each week. If you are into social media, you can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (#aawh14), YouTube and Flickr.

One thing that will be assured—regardless of what the wheat yields are—All Aboard will provide you an up-close look at harvest that you can’t get anywhere else but from the cab of the combine. Enjoy!

Holly Martin can be reached by phone at 1-800-452-7171, ext. 1806, or by email at hmartin@hpj.com.

Date: 6/2/2014

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