My name is Tracy Zeorian. My titles include Wife (and business partner) to Jim since 1982, Mother to four amazingly strong women and Grandma to three little people who have completely stolen my heart.

I am a third generation custom harvester who cares deeply about telling my story. The custom harvesting industry is one segment of Ag that most people know nothing about. I created this blog for you – to follow our journey and go where we go. To learn what a custom harvester is and to experience the challenges we go through to get food on your table.

My grandparents began this gypsy-way-of-life in 1951. My harvest story began in 1972 while tagging along with my Grandpa and Grandma for the first time. I met Jim the summer of 1975 (he hired on with their crew) and I married him in 1982. We never intended on being custom harvesters…God had a different plan. I desperately love to drive combine and could sit in the seat day after day after day after day after…

I believe God should be first, family second and our job comes last. I hate the word impossible and will go to great lengths to prove truth and justice. I tend to trust people way more than I should (until they prove otherwise). I wish I was witty and funny. I believe my sole purpose is to help people whenever and however I can. The experiences I have had – both good and bad – have made me who I am today.

24 comments on “About

  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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