Wheat Looking Good as Friends Tackle Harvest

Kansas Viewpoint

Lawrence Weber and Ray Mies tag-team wheat harvest in Sedgwick County

Published on: June 2, 2012
Lawrence Weber is pretty confident that he has good wheat this year.

"I'm 76 years old and I think this may just be the best wheat I've ever raised," the Sedgwick County farmer said as he took a break to dump a load of wheat from the combine into a waiting grain cart. "This field is kind of slow cutting because it lodged a little and I'm having to go pretty low to pick up the heads."

Weber said his wife has been too busy keeping up with the harvest in a pair of farm trucks to compile the yields from tickets to the elevator, but he can tell the news is good.

On Tuesday, with the temperature in the mid-90s and some talk of potential thunderstorms, Weber was joined in the wheat field by his long-time friend Ray Mies,who in addition to operating Ray's Countryside Catering, farms "a few acres."

Wheat Looking Good as Friends Tackle Harvest

Weber said he and Mies always team up for harvest, cutting whatever fields are ready in an annual ritual that he says is just part of the rhythm of his life.

"This farm has been in my family since 1882," he said. "There's a lot of history here. I was born here; my dad was born here."

He said the next generation includes three sons, one of whom was driving the tractor that pulled the grain cart on Tuesday as the other two worked jobs in town.

"My daughter is married to farmer and she's a farmer too," he said. "She is driving a combine, cutting wheat on her farm today and her daughter, who is 19, is helping drive too."