Schiltz Harvesting was started by Jerry Schiltz in 1978.  At 21 years of age, he started his business with two L2 Gleaner combines and two Chevy trucks.  In 1991, he purchased two Case 1680 combines from Hoxie Implement.  Jerry now owns three Case 8230 combines, five Peterbilt trucks, three Case tractors, and three 1000 bushel Avalanche grain carts.  His son, Michael, owns an additional Case 8230 combine and Peterbilt truck and foreman of the crew.  

Jerry grew up in the custom harvesting business.  His dad, Harold, started custom cutting in 1951, and as soon as Jerry was old enough, he was operating a combine and truck.  Back then, there was no shortage of help.  Most of the high school boys couldn’t wait to go on such an adventure!  Government regulations and the size of trucks and equipment have put an end to that.  Almost everything about the business has changed since then.  Some things are better while others aren't.

            Paula didn't start going on the road with the crew until 1996.  By then,  both their boys were old enough to go with Jerry as crew members and their daughter was almost finished with high school.  She cooks for the crew but no longer runs any of the equipment.Taking care of 12 men is enough to keep her busy. Son, Michael is now a part owner in the business. And son, Jeremy holds the home front together and helps with the fall harvest.
The harvest run starts in Vernon TX when the wheat ripens, usually around the 15th of  May. From there it proceeds north to Blackwell, Ok.  It continues north to Selden KS, which is home. After a short stay there, it is on to Eagle Butte, SD.  After finishing  in this area, the crew goes to Scranton, ND.  When finished in ND, it is back to Selden KS. The remainder of the fall harvest is usually there. 
            Jerry and Paula both grew up in Selden.  They have two sons, one daughter, and nine grandchildren who are the light of their lives.  The only "child" at home is Saydie, their lovable Chi-Weenie.  She goes with them everywhere! 
            Besides being  grandparents, they both enjoy fishing, hunting, and a winning trip to the casino once in a while.  Their favorite pro football team is the KC Chiefs, college football team K-State Wildcats, college basketball team KU Jayhawks, and high school team, Golden Plains!  They consider themselves the luckiest people in the world!

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