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Arriving in Wall, SD

Yesterday we arrived in Wall, SD. Before we got here, we were in Onida, SD. The night before we left there was a huge storm, and I thought the whole RV was going to be on its side by the end of the night.  I am not going to lie I was just a little scared. We finally got through the night, and the next day dad interviewed a few people while Spencer, Brandon, and I went to the pool in Onida.  We got on the road and the air conditioning in the RV decided not to work so we were in a hot RV all day long!

Once we got near Wall, Spence, Brandon, and I all got to ride in combines while they were cutting wheat. They are harvesting a little over 900 acres of wheat! It took two hours just to go around the perimeter of the field!  Riding in the combine was a lot of fun and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We look forward to going to Wall Drug and the Badlands today, and Mount Rushmore in the next few days!

Laken W.

Arriving in Gregory, SD

Today we arrived in Gregory, South Dakota! You can look down the road and see for miles and the closest Walmart is 110 miles away, you really have to travel to get somewhere! We started off the day in Grand Island, Nebraska. Dad driving and everyone else asleep. We stopped at a Walmart to get some food then we headed down the road but went back to the Walmart to make and eat lunch. Sandwiches for everybody! After filling up our stomachs we headed to get an unbalanced tire, well…balanced. Dad met some pretty neat people while mom and I took the dog to a park where we swung on the swings and went on the teeter totter.

After all of that, we got loaded up on the RV once again and we’re off.  We went through a little town named Spencer and my brother got a picture next to the sign because his name is Spencer. Spence said that he felt appreciated because the town was named after him.  We kept moving along and stopped every once in a while to take a picture (of course).  We played cards and slept all the while poor old Dad was behind the wheel of the ferocious RV.  The dog was the queen of the RV always taking the front seat with the most air conditioning.

Finally after a long day of sitting around in the RV we arrived in Gregory, South Dakota.  We ate at a little diner named Ranch House. The food was excellent and we met some very nice people. After that we went back to the farm and set up camp. Dad and I went out to the wheat fields to shoot some B-Roll and take pictures. Mom and I went on a nice walk while Dad met the farmer and his wife (Tom and Lois).

We have enjoyed ourselves a lot today.  We look forward to the days ahead of shooting the Wheat Harvest Movie! Be sure to check back daily for our updates.

Laken W.

The Crew

Today we arrived in Grand Island, Nebraska. It’s pretty hot here, but we’re surviving, and glad to be ready to begin production on the Wheat Harvest Movie. Some of you may have wondered who are these people behind this project.

USCHIFirst of all, we couldn’t be making this film without the endorsement and full support of our Platinum level sponsor, the US Custom Harvesters!  We’re so excited that they have made this movie project possible!  We hope that with their commitment to the project that other organizations and companies will decide to commit to supporting this important work too.

 

Second, I couldn’t produce a project like this without the support and involvement from the people I love most, my family! They are committed to helping out with the first part of this documentary, and are working as part of my crew this summer.

Third, but not least are the custom harvesters themselves! I’ve had many crews contact me about being involved in telling this story, and I’ve had a number of them make financial commitments as well. Thanks so much!!

If you want to make a financial contribution to the film project, please visit our web site at www.wheatharvestmovie.com

Packing Gear, Heading West

The Wheat Harvest Movie crew is busy packing gear, and preparing for our departure today. Our itinerary has changed slightly and we’ll be heading west a day early. Our goal is to connect with the Misener harvesting crew in central Nebraska on Monday morning. They are transporting their combines and trucks from Oklahoma to Gregory, SD. We’ll be following them on their last part of the trip and filming the progress.  Once we arrive in Gregory, we’ll set up camp on the farm with the Misener crew. Looking forward to it!

Making Plans

The time for our departure is quickly arriving. Our crew – made up of my family – is leaving for Gregory, SD on Sunday, July 17. We hope to make it to Gregory by Monday evening. We’ll be connecting with the Misener family Harvesting crew and telling a part of the harvesting story from their point of view.
We’ll be in Gregory for a couple of days, then heading north to Onida, SD for a few days as well. From what I understand there are several crews in that location, and we hope to film some real beauty shots of wheat there, as well as interview some really cool people. I hear there’s a crew in that area that has the ONLY ALL Ethanol Powered Combine in the US. That should be interesting.
Once we wrap up in Onida, we’ll head to Wall, SD where we’ll connect with Jim Deibert’s crew. He runs John Deere combines and has four brand new ones this year.
From Wall, SD we’ll head to either Limon, CO or Jordan, MT depending on where the Zeorian crew will be.
Keep checking back here, we’ll keep you posted daily about our progress, and might even show you some really cool footage from the project.