For the Albrechts, harvest is a family affair

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Harvest season is underway across much of the region. On Sept. 26 in a soybean field near Carthage, members of Jack Albrecht’s family farming business were running four large John Deere combines and averaging 50 bushels of soybeans per acre.

 

“That’s a good yield,” Greg Albrecht, a third-generation Albrecht family farmer, said.

 

Greg’s grandfather Emil once farmed in this area and now Emil’s son John “Jack” is the patriarch of Albrecht Farms. Jack’s sons, Greg, Brad, Jeff and Jon, several grandchildren, and their families are involved in the operation.

 

The Albrechts raise cattle along with soybeans, corn, small grains and wheat. Brad and Jon oversee the cattle operation and Greg and Jeff are more involved with the crops.

 

Each of the Albrecht wives take a turn providing meals for the crew one week a month.

 

“It gets to be a lot of guys to feed, especially during harvest,” Brad’s wife, Susanne, said.

 

Youngsters who may someday join a fifth generation of Albrecht farmers spend time during harvest riding in the combines and grain trucks with their fathers, grandfathers and uncles learning the family business.

 

Two of these fifth-generation farmers are Rogan Albrecht, 5-year-old son of Rustin and Austie Albrecht and Hunter Wipf, 3-year- old son of Steven and Chelsea (Albrecht) Wipf. Both boys take John Deere lunchboxes with them to farm. “Daddy go combine,” is one of Hunter’s favorite phrases, according to his grandmother Susanne.

 

Rogan’s mother said he loves to ride in the grain cart and watch them dump two combines into the cart at the same time.

 

 “If he’s in a combine, he likes to ride with “Papa Greg” and eat licorice,” she said.

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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