National Geographic : 1972 Aug
North With the Wheat Cutters By NOEL GROVE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STAFF Photographs by JAMES A. SUGAR 194 Endless hours in harvest fields spell exhaustion for Mike Grout, one of a crew that gathers wheat each summer across the Great Plains. In a race against time and weather, burly machines slice through ripened grain day and night. As two combines fill a truck (right), scoopers level the load in a fog of dust. To capture the frantic pace of one of the largest food-gathering operations in the world, the author and the photographer followed one team across six states.