Harvest is the time of year I look forward to the most, and I think most farmers will agree. As a farmer’s daughter, I watch my dad literally work day in and day out all year round in preparation for harvest. Whether it be making repairs on equipment late at night, tearing up the fields and planting seed, spraying the crops for pests and diseases, or walking through the fields to check how the crops are progressing through the season – it all leads up to what we are here for… harvest.

It’s the time of year where a farmer can physically see if his or her hard work has paid off; where you watch the grain fill the hopper, and know you are supplying feed for livestock, food for millions of people, and many more products worldwide.

harvest image

It’s the time of year when the air smells of freshly cut fields.

combine harvest

It’s the time of year when you use a walkie-talkie radio instead of a cell phone.

harvest radio

It’s the time of year when you wear boots EVERYWHERE.

harvest boots

It’s the time of year when you don’t eat as a family at the dinner table, but instead eat sack lunches in the field.

illinois harvest

It’s the time of year when you drink out of more water jugs than cups.

water harvest

It’s the time of year when you still see headlights out in the field at 9:00 at night.

nighttime harvest

It’s the time of year when you work together as a team and a family.

harvest auger

Harvest time holds some of my fondest memories. Despite how much everything has changed over the years, whether it be the technology, equipment, or seed, the things that I have listed of what makes harvest, harvest have always been the same. As a child, the voices of my dad and uncle talking on the radio echoed in our kitchen, and I would fall asleep to the sound of grain falling into our metal bin outside my window. The fact that these memories are still happening to this day 20 odd years later, is heartwarming… and, in a way, I relive my childhood every harvest.

family harvest

Kelsey FritscheKelsey Fritsche
Southern IL University student

2 thoughts on “IT’S HARVEST TIME!”

  1. Enjoyed your article – came across it looking for something else. Am a 67 year old woman born and raised in Chicago – actually on the northwest edge of the city – always wondered what it would have been like to actually grow up on a farm, be of a farm family. Certainly realize the hard work involved – but have an admiration and respect for the rewards. Bless you and your family.

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