In 1974, my grandma asked me if I’d like to go along on harvest with her and grandpa. I would be her helper. Helper for meal preparations, laundry, grocery shopping and visiting with other harvesters. I thought, “wow, this sounds like it could be a lot of fun”. I remember thinking how much fun it would be to keep the floor of the trailer house clean. Silly thought, huh! Little did I know that decision would lead me on my life adventure! My husband was one of grandpa’s hired men – 1975 and 1976. We married in 1982. Jim was an electrician when we got married and had no thought of becoming a custom harvester. However, I believe God had a different plan for our lives. The fall of 1982, Jim spent his entire life savings on a combine. The rest is history! He went along with my Dad and Grandpa for several years without me. We had our first daughter, Jamie, in December 1985. Jenna was born  in April 1988. I remained home with the kids secretly wishing I could be on the harvest route and craving that way of life, as well.  That wish came true the summer of 1990. At that time, Jim and I made the decision to go on harvest with our one combine. Dad had decided he needed to go back to his old job to be eligible for retirement funds. Grandpa and Grandma were getting old enough that they were staying home. We bit the bullet and headed out on our own. We have been on the road every summer since. Our girls have grown up on the harvest trail – not knowing what it’s like to be home during the summer months. Jamie got married in April 2011 to Curt and they now have a little boy, Eli. Jenna continues to work in the Ag world – she works for CLAAS of North America.  Taylor and Callie are still a part of our harvest crew.  Recently we were fortunate to have been involved in a documentary (produced by Conrad Weaver) explaining what the custom harvester is and what we do. Check out the trailer – The Great American Wheat Harvest.

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  1. This sounds like an incredibly fascinating life! I don’t even know what a combine is, but I’m going to research it so will soon.

    Thanks for the nomination. I’m trying to figure it out. BTW, you might be the ONLY person on the face of planet Earth who knows my blog exists. No exaggeration.

    Off to research combines…

  2. ndjmom says:

    Hi Tracie, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award, http://ndjmom.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/my-first-award-the-sunshine-award as if you need more sun in your life right now when the temperature is rising.

    But seriously, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you and the girls on your summer adventures. Yes, I know it’s work, at times it’s boring, but like you have said, you can’t imagine your summers any other way.

    I’m getting an early start on my notifications, but the post will be up in the morning.

  3. Hey there!

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Check out the link to your blog here: http://thesugarlump.com/2012/08/16/one-lovely-blog-award-take-ii/

    Best wishes,

  4. farmnwife says:

    Would like to have you as Featured Farmer on my site. please email me judi@farmnwife.com

  5. Bill Conrad says:

    Hi Jim and Tracy! Read your article on MacDon Magizine Thanksgiving morning and really enjoyed it. The Zeorian family is very unique. My family and I are custom harvesters in Florida. I would like more information on joining the US Custom Harvesters Association.
    Look My wife up on Facebook: Donna Conrad (Cover Photo is large family on New Holland Combine)

    • Hi Bill!
      Thank you for leaving your comment and your kind words. We are really no more unique than other harvesters. We just seem to be in the spotlight more than others. Maybe not a good thing…but it’s a great way to tell the story of the custom harvester.
      I will look your wife up on Facebook and give you more information about the organization. We’d LOVE to have you join the USCHI family! It would be great to meet you at the convention in Wichita (March 6, 7 & 8).
      Take care and God bless!

    • Bill,
      Did she change her picture? I’m not seeing a picture of the family and combine. If you’d rather, you can email me at uscustomharvesters@gmail.com

  6. taking a quick visit to all the Christmas in the Country ladies–what a fun journey you have benn on–Your grandma’s offer reminded me of Holly Martin’s column this week in the High Plains Journal–about inviting visitng family, or neighbors to do chores or see the hidden gems of rural life.

    • Thank you, Amber, for taking the time to leave a note. It HAS been a fun journey – sometimes a little tough. 🙂 I’m so glad she asked me to go with her! It definitely created a direction for my life.

  7. Emily Grace says:

    Merry Christmas in the Country, Tracy! It’s nice to meet you online.
    Emily Grace

  8. Diane Westberg says:

    Like to know where in Nebraska you r located. Looking for a cowboy church to attend.

  9. Julie Hurst says:

    Loved your page! We have a greenhouse business/crop farm just across the border in NW Missouri…look forward to keeping up w your adventures!

    • Nebraska Wheatie says:

      Thank you, Julie! I’m excited to have a new person join our journey! It’s a bit slow now but it’ll pick up in a few months…promise!

  10. Albert Matalon says:

    What an interesting way of life! I’m from NYC and I know nothing about harvesting but it sounds lake a lot of fun. I was wondering – harvesting sounds like fun, but who does the planting and how long does it take?

    • Nebraska Wheatie says:

      The farmer does the planting and taking care of the fields until the crop is ready for harvest. As far as how long does it take? I’ll give you an idea of the cycle. When we finished cutting wheat in Colorado this fall, there was about a month window before the planting of the 2017 crop happened. Planting began late September and we won’t harvest it until July. It will weather the winter months by going dormant. When spring arrives, it will come out of dormancy and begin growing again. You can see more about our 2016 harvest by visiting the All Aboard Wheat Harvest blog. I’m excited to learn that you’re from NYC and found my blog! I hope its done its job…to educate you about where your bread comes from.

  11. John Davey says:

    Hi Tracy, You popped up in my twitter feed back in January & caught my attention. I’ve been trying in vain for 30 years to get my wife to drive one of our combines. Well done & keep up the good work. I’ve enjoyed reading your story and looking at the pictures of Zeorian Harvesting and trying to estimate crop yields. All the best for the coming 2017 harvest run.

    • Nebraska Wheatie says:

      Thank you, John! I don’t think you’re probably gonna get her talked into driving if you’ve been working on it for 30 years. 🙂 I’m awfully glad you enjoy my stories…that does my heart good! Pray for the harvest and the harvester (as well as the farmer) this year. I’ve got a feeling it might be a tough one!

  12. Doris says:

    Love the blog

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