This Kansas Wheat Harvest Soars Again [UPDATE]

August 10, 2015 01:48 PM

When you marry into a farming family, you tend to pick up some new hobbies.

Such was the case for Doug Armknecht, who has been journeying with wife Kelli for the past several years to help his in-laws harvest their wheat crop each summer in Osborne County, Kansas. Doug has documented the harvest on video and upped the ante last year by deploying a quadcopter drone for some sky-high highlights.

Was there any way to raise the bar for 2015? As a matter of fact…

“We’re going to show this year’s harvest video in the local [Smith Center, Kan.] movie theater on Aug. 9,” he says. “This one will be slightly longer than the others – about 13 minutes total. We are going to show the previous years’ videos as well.”

Armknecht says the small-town theater is available for special events and was open to the idea. Total run time for his harvest videos is approximately 40 minutes.

“This is a somewhat unusual event, but the theater board was very supportive,” he says. “From what I’m hearing, it sounds like it will be well attended.”

Another twist to the 2015 wheat harvest – Armknecht’s father-in-law, Jhan LaRosh got his old 1959 John Deere 55 running again and harvested one of his fields with it.

Here is a preview of “LaRosh Wheat Harvest 2015.”

The full video will be available after the Aug. 9 premiere.

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UPDATE [8/10] - Doug Armknecht reports the Aug. 9 premiere was a success.

"We had a theater nearly full for the premiere, and it went really well," he reports.

The full video is now available. Watch below for details.

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Spell Check

Jennings, KS
8/13/2015 08:53 AM

  First Class - Well Done. Your film brings back great memories. I ran a JD 55, straight steering wheel, 1958 JD 55 with slant steering wheel and then a square back JD 55 with a MH 27 mixed in. Kansas Wheat Harvest -Best and Worst of times. On a side note, glad to see you gave my old friends Jim and Doug a place on the crew. Good to see Jim off the shed's porch and out of the rocking chair. I really enjoyed you sharing your harvest. Thanks

Rugby, ND
8/3/2015 01:21 PM

  I heard good quality but poor yields in Kansas?

Hennessey, OK
8/1/2015 02:27 PM

  How bout a video of some of the friendly chats with the banker since commodities have dropped.


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