Colorado is poised to have one of the largest winter wheat harvests in the country this year. The “winter” in that wheat simply means it was planted in the winter season. But all that wheat has to go somewhere, and before it does, it has to be harvested. Custom harvesters are the answer for some, teams that travel the land, hauling combines and other equipment from farm to farm. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin caught up with one such company in Limon, to find out just what custom harvesting is all about…and, as she reports, you too can follow along from home.

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Check out the All Aboard Wheat Harvest blog, with Jada Bulgin and her co-blogger Jenna Zeorian.

Below: Farmer Doug Blackwelder, and custom harvesters Perry Hoffman, Jada Bulgin, and Leon Bulgin talk about their work, set to photos from the Limon harvesting operation. (Click bottom right for full screen.)

And for even more, here’s the view from a combine!

 

One Response to Following the Harvest

  1. Brad Benson says:

    nice article. I spent my summers in nearby Chappell NE and fondly remember the custom cutters coming from Meade KS and watching them work.

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