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Custom Combiners Staying Busy In ND


Harvest season is short.
And there are millions of cropland acres that need to be moved from the field to the bin in North Dakota.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin visits with some custom combiners who are helping in the harvest.

It's go time.
(Joel Wessel / Custom Combiner) "Our business is weather oriented. If it's dry you run and if it's wet you can't." 
Joel Wessel and his father are custom combiners from Nebraska.
The Wessels have been harvesting in the Pick City area for decades--nearly 25 years.
Each summer they stay for 4-6 weeks depending on how fast the harvest is moving along.
(Joel Wessel / Custom Combiner) "When we first got here, we were ready to go. stuff was ready but we kept getting little showers and it was cool and 75 for the daytime and 45 at night, so stuff was not drying out at all." 
(Jeff Ellwein / Farmer) "I've been hiring these guys for the last 8 maybe 9 nine years. And the reason I did it is to get the harvest in on time. For quality. The barley you don't get it in on time it would be bad, the peas would be bad, so we just decided to hire em. And every year it would be a little more and a little more and I finally just sold my combine and said heck with it." 
Once this canola is off, it's time to start on the wheat.
(Jeff Ellwein / Farmer) "It's been good. The crops are running average to above average. We've been fighting moisture of course. Other than that it's been pretty good." 
When asked what drives the desire for the long days in the field and the long trip to the north?
(Joel Wessel / Custom Combiner) "A lot of it's the people and everybody up here is really friendly and if you have problems they are willing to help you and let you use their shop. It's a good area."

The Wessels plan to head back to Nebraska after bean harvest.


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