08/10/17 – Plentywood, Montana

Megan Bertsch – Jr’s Harvesting

Are any of my HarvestHER friends observant on the country gravel roads like I am? I am a distant looker when I drive and when I spot something that seems interesting, I try to go back to it and see what it is. Usually it’s when I take supper to the field I find something that I can take a picture of or something I can just admire. So with that, I always take the same way home just to go back to that spot. Last night, I came across that something I just had to come back to.

This is what I had to come back to.  It’s a dark pic due to it being late in the evening. It’s an auger on a hill in a pasture with a fence around it. I ask myself, “Why is it that way”? Is someone buried there? Is it a landmark? 🤔 Not sure but it got my attention. It’s an old auger, of some value to someone. It’s things like this I find that keeps me curious 😁

We are currently in northeastern Montana cutting Durum. My child still calls it wheat but that’s okay. Definitely not the best crop they have had but with the drought, I guess it’s better than nothing.

The Durum is averaging 15 to 20 Bu/acre. The farmers in Montana do quite a bit of binning for most of their grain instead of hauling it straight to the elevator.

So, our truck drivers keep a little busy with the poor Durum conditions.

Little Monte and I enjoyed some fun in the Durum before heading back to the camper to clean up the supper mess. I made Country Fried Steaks, a favorite of everyone’s.

And to end my night, an orange reddish moon came up in the east. Very pretty in person, I had to get my good camera out for that. Hope everyone is having a good end of the wheat harvest. Can’t believe it will be done soon. Making the best of it for now. Stay safe everyone and God Bless!!!

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Definition of a HarvestHER - a strong woman willing to do whatever it takes to get the harvest in. She must have these qualities: 1. Be ready to go at the drop of a hat...sometimes without a lunchbox. 2. Has removed the word impossible from her vocabulary! 3. Can hold a baby, take care of a toddler and drive a tractor or combine all at the same time. 4. Must be able to cook for a crew - large or small. 5. Must be able to read minds. 6. Must be able to banter with a parts man until he realizes you DO know what you're talking about. 7. Must be the entertainment director for those rainy days. 8. Be a wife, mom, friend, helper, cook, problem solver, taxi driver or extra crew hand at all times. 9. Can handle the call that makes you react, "You need what? When?" Dropping everything you're doing to make it happen. 10. At the end of the day say, "I really do love this life".

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