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Ask a Farmer: Communications During Harvest Season FYI with Alex Rusch

Harvest is here! In celebration, we reached out to a few of our knowledgeable farming partners to get some insight on the harvesting process. Alex Rusch is a 4th generation farmer in southern Indiana. He spoke to Midland recently about the best comms to use during harvest.

How did you get into farming?

I started farming when I was younger with my family. I will be the 4th generation of our farm here in southern Indiana.

 

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What Midland comms equipment do you use and for what?

We currently have two MXT115 MicroMobiles and are getting 5 more for combines as well as two sets of handhelds.

 

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How many acres are you harvesting?

We are harvesting around 9-10 thousand acres.

What is essential for farmers during harvest?

I think radios are essential during harvest. In a lot of our fields, we don’t have good phone service, so it is often times hard to get ahold of people.

 

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What other products would you recommend for harvest?

The most important product when harvesting is your combines. They have to be up to the task every year and have to cover a lot of acres. My main tip would be communication is key and essential in harvesting. Getting the trucks to and from the field is very important.

You can get an idea of  life on L&R Rusch Farms by following their Instagram page @lr_rusch_farms as well as their YouTube channel L&R Rusch Farms. These pages are dedicated to documenting daily life through videos detailing their planting process, dealing with inconvenient weather, and managing broken down equipment. Give these pages a follow for equal parts entertainment and insight.