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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas.
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By Katie Stockstill Sawyer
My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and ...
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and the rural lifestyle. I work in town as the marketing and communications manager for a commercial construction company, mobile occupational services company and safety consulting and training firm. In the hours outside the office, I help on the farm in any way I can – and sometimes that means just staying out of the way. This blog tracks my experiences as I learn what a life on the farm really means. I wouldn’t change this lifestyle for the world. Farmers and ranchers are some of the hardest working individuals in the world and they do what they do 365 days a year to ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. If you want to learn more about agriculture or our operation, please don’t hesitate to contact me on this blog or at katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com. I would love to show you around.
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Evan joined the harvest crew for lunch with Dad and a few laps in the combine. We think that by this time next year he will be driving the grain cart - high hopes!

Evan joined the harvest crew for lunch with Dad and a few laps in the combine. We think that by this time next year he will be driving the grain cart – high hopes!



Wheat harvest is essential to the farming process. Wheat has to move from the field to the bins. But harvest is also essential to the rural community and culture.

Each year, once the combines hit the field, I hear from friends and family members who have memories, stories and a past time with combines and wheat fields. So many people, especial those in rural America, grew up on or around the farm. That has changed now – with most Americans now three generations removed from the farm – but there remain millions who remember days of cutting wheat, meals in the field and rides on the combine.

For our family, harvest is still very much a family event and a past time. Derek and his father work side-by-side everyday but are joined by Derek’s brother for at least part of harvest and this year, the crew added a third generation, our son Evan.

Meals are still delivered to the field and work begins as soon as the wheat is dry and doesn’t end until well past sun-down. The grain elevators stay open late and grain trucks occupy the back roads.

This year’s harvest is nearly complete and I am already looking forward to next year when my son will be old enough to run through the wheat, ride with his father and truly begin to experience wheat harvest.

Harvest is more than combines and wheat fields, it’s a tradition, a past-time and an integral part of the Kansas culture.

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