Hallock, Minnesota farmer Erik Younggren remembers many things from the long 2019 harvest. “I’ll never forget the feeling of utter futility. Whatever we tried, there was no end in sight,” explains Younggren. “I remember going to combine soybeans on frozen ground. The draper headers were frozen. I had to put the heater under them thaw them out. After that, we put the combines in the shop every night to thaw. I had to run the header as I drove down the road to keep it from freezing.” At the same time, in the midst of futility, there was so much beauty. “I remembered to take in the beauty of the snow in the fields. I reminded myself we are not supposed to worry about tomorrow,” says Younggren. “I also think of how much we all, harvest crew included, appreciate this good 2020 harvest.” Younggren wrapped up the entire 2020 harvest last week.
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