"The only combines we had – first we had the little Allis Chalmers that was seven foot, run off power take off."
     Question: "That was pulled by a tractor?"
     "Pulled by a tractor. And then you still had – pulled by a tractor but it had its own motor to run the combine instead of the power take off. Now that's the two, only two combines we ever had…
     "That's a big change that took place back then in the 50s was that we went from people having their own combines in that area to the people from Nebraska and Kansas came in and done ours [wheat harvest], custom…
     "The big custom farmers from up here would come down. That helped keep their farming operation going. But it was their off time. They would catch the southern [range of the harvest season] and then come back north and, you know, you were done in a day or a day and a half where it had been taking you two weeks and sometimes a lot longer with that little seven foot combine.
     "And then back then, everybody hauled wheat on their little pickups you know. Gosh, you look at that, 50, 60, 70 bushel. And then the trailers that you couldn't go over 20 miles an hour with. If you did they started whipping all over the road. And then all of a sudden, here are these big ones come in with the trucks and it was – That was the big change that I saw. I mean that really happened so quick…
     "And you look at some of those little old trailers, house trailers or mobile trailers they used. And you say, 'How in the world did they do that?' because they weren't air-conditioned or anything. But those people, it was just what they did to supplement their farm income. It's just amazing what they done. And those youngsters, they come back with all kinds of stories from coming north. Of course I'd heard about the Nebraska wheat fields and how big they were even when I was young, like that, because ours was – We had maybe 40 acres here. And if we had the whole quarter section in wheat, then you had all the terraces that you had to combine one terrace at a time to go with the conservation practices of it. And they was telling me all up here – it was hard for me to visualize as a young person just how big some of the wheat fields in western Nebraska are."

Terry Schrick – Custom Combining


Other Excerpts from Terry Schrick’s Interview:

Ag Education
Consumer Preferences
Livestock Judging
The "International Man"
Government Programs
Soil Bank Program
Lobbying for Ag