Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Caffeine & Vicodin -- Harvest 2011

Insect Tracks

The winter wheat harvest is complete, and as usual it was a marathon of stress and fatigue.  The photo shown above shows insect tracks on the concrete floor of a quonset, but is also a fairly accurate depiction of my movements within a 6 mile radius over the past 3 weeks.  At times, the harvest experience feels like the journey of Odysseus, but once it's over, it is just what it is.  A lot of hard work.

Winter Wheat

Approaching Storm

Our Crew

Travis & Trent Cline
We hired Trent and Travis to do some harvesting for us.  They live down the road and over a bit.  Below is their support crew.

Ihmsen Well Road
I'll leave the romanticizing of the harvest to poets or perhaps my old age.  Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes:  "Utterly meaningless!  Everything is meaningless.  What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?"  
My friend Steve put it this way:  "We work for those who don't."