Last week I spent a couple of days in North Dakota for Ellingson Companies shooting drain tile installation and one of their clients out harvesting wheat. Although I’ve been specializing in agricultural photography since 1991, it was my first time shooting a wheat harvest. Kayla Miller was kind enough to let me follow her around for a few hours and we got some great shots. The Miller’s live just northwest of Breckenridge, ND, and grow corn, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat. The day I was there they had numerous combines out harvesting wheat, along with a few tractors pulling gravity boxes. Before heading out they had guys getting the equipment all lubed-up and ready to roll, along with a GPS technician from RDO Equipment Company getting all the computerized units dialed-in. I’ve been doing farm life photography for more than 23 years, so it was about time I spent some time documenting a wheat harvest. But here in Minnesota, farmers typically grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa, so wheat isn’t something I come across when out on the road or on a farm for a client. But it was definitely a good time and something I’d love to do again! Thanks again to Kayla Miller and her family, as well as Ellingson Companies!
Dean Riggott is a professional commercial photographer in Minnesota, working primarily in Minneapolis, St Paul, Rochester and Mankato, Minnesota. He has specialized in commercial and agricultural photography since 1991.