The following information is a Web Extra from the pages of Farm Journal. It corresponds with the article "Must-See Wheat TV." You can find the article in Farm Journal's 2013 Early Spring issue.
Harvesting the High Plains
About the film: The boom years of the turn of the century catch up with America. Years of gluttony and living beyond our means now recoils a once proud Nation. Rocked in turmoil many don’t know when or where their next meal will come from. As the dark clouds of the economic depression settle over the country, another dark storm rages on the High Plains.
From the panhandle of Texas to western Nebraska another battle begins, with an even greater foe and one far less forgiving; nature. Rising out of the dust came two men Ray Garvey and John Kriss who believed that the land in western Kansas and eastern Colorado was fertile and capable of producing wheat. By partnering with the land they learned how to restore the broken plains, turning dust into fields of gold. All during a time when men needed more then just food, they needed hope.
Inspired by the historical works of H. Craig Miner and on the extensive correspondence between Garvey and Kriss the film brings to life their unwavering courage and perseverance to succeed no matter what the odds.
Demonstrating that through hard work and common sense, farming on the high plains was possible under the most adverse conditions. Through their efforts GK Farms became one of the largest wheat operations on the plains and yielded Garvey and Kriss a record crop in 1947, a record to date remains. The film celebrates the "progressive" search for agricultural answers in the face of the dustbowl, changing the Great American Desert into the Breadbasket of the World.
The Great American Wheat Harvest
About the Film: It is a documentary film that will tell the story of hard-working custom harvesters who travel from the heart of Texas to the Canadian border harvesting the wheat that feeds our Great Country and the World.
This film is being produced by award-winning Director and Producer, Conrad Weaver, President of Conjostudios, LLC based out of Frederick, MD.
The story is dramatic as well as inspiring. It’s compelling as it shares the challenges that are now threatening that way of life passed on from generation from generation. Much has changed and from a historical perspective. It is important to document the lifestyle and heritage before it is lost.