A wheat farmer's last stand
As his farming era comes to an end, Ashland man helps sons harvest at least one more time
By Amy Bickel - The Hutchinson News -
ASHLAND - For decades, fate has crept toward Willis Harden.
Combines are bigger than when he first started cutting wheat, pulling a cutter behind a tractor.
Instead of tuning into AM stations while running the combine, one of his grandsons jams to tunes on an iPod.
A fourth-generation farmer, Harden grew up in the days where families made a living off a couple of quarters of land. Those days are long gone, however. While three of his sons returned to the farm, some of his fellow Clark County neighbors went out of business.
Harden has taken this all in for a while, as well as the fact that the climb into the combine isn't as easy as it was a few years ago.
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