It’s been a crazy, busy year this year, and harvest was no exception. While we cut alfalfa all throughout the summer (and fall!), grain and potato harvest started in August and didn’t end up finishing until the last full week of October. Trying to find drivers to fill spud trucks and workers to help clear pipe from the fields and unload potatoes added the usual challenges to harvest, but the unusually cool weather pushed potato harvest further into October than we normally dig.
Despite all of the challenges, our crews stepped up and made it another successful harvest. As we speak, all four cuttings of hay (yes, FOUR) are being sold and shipped, grain is being sold and chipping potatoes are being sent to customers all over the West Coast and the Pacific Rim. With one crazy time of year coming to an end, another has already began, evidenced by the packs of semis pulling refers lined up around the packing shed. And in the middle of it all, our office team still put in the time to put together a float for the 76th Annual Klamath Basin Potato Festival!
Before we jump to photos, Bill, J0hn, Weston, Tricia and their families would like to thank all of the crews for the long hours and hard work they put in this harvest season. From the men and women working the long hours on their feet unloading spud trucks and filling the cellars with chipping potatoes and potato truck drivers safely hauling the spuds from the fields to our cellars, to pipe crews removing mainline and handline from those fields and the bulker operators filling the trucks, thank you. And thank you to the managers who kept the trucks, tractors and people organized as well as to the folks in the shed who have been getting chipping potatoes out to our customers and the people in the office who make sure everyone gets paid and product gets to where it needs to go. It’s a large operation, with many, many personalities and moving parts. And we need everyone to make all of it possible. So, to everyone, thank you. Your hard work is truly appreciated.
Now, time for pictures!