Farm Life Photography

J. Carver Distillery for Mn Corn Growers Association

I’ve been shooting for Minnesota Corn Growers Association for about ten years now and always enjoy doing work for them. Typically they have me photographing agriculture, or farmers out in the field, but occasionally they’ll have me shoot one of their gatherings, such as their first Kernal Nation event at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota. Here, legislators, chamber of commerce members and others from the community came out to meet with area corn farmers and discuss agriculture today and its economic impact. This place uses grains grown right here in Minnesota to make vodkas, scotches, whiskeys and so on. It’s a very cool place, as you can see by the photos!

“This is the second year that the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has hosted Kernel Nation events, which are held to further develop relationships and make connections between greater Minnesota residents and the corn farming community. Last Wednesday, MCGA hosted their first Kernel Nation event of 2017 in Waconia at J. Carver Distillery.

The night kicked off with a social hour and welcome before the distillery tour and tasting, followed by dinner, drinks and closing remarks from MCGA Executive Director Adam Birr. Individuals in attendance ranged from local chamber of commerce members, local legislators and representatives to corn farmers, MCGA members and staff.

Topics of conversation throughout the night covered the economic impact of corn and its vast uses, as well as MCGA’s leadership role and ag-related policies in the news. Attendees were very interested in Minnesota corn farmers’ initiative to become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the United States. MCGA shared information on the farmer-led research through the Innovation Grant Program and highlighted corn growers’ investment in research that promotes sustainability and progress related to soil fertility, water quality and corn utilization.

Kernel Nation’s Waconia event allowed guests to bring up important discussion surrounding questions and information on corn farming and agriculture. Kernel Nation has one more event coming up shortly in Marshall on July 26.

A special thank you to our friends at J. Carver Distillery for hosting and providing great locally sourced spirits, along with our guests who came out to show support for Minnesota corn farmers.

Interested in learning more? Visit the KernelNation.com website for details.”

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Client: http://www.mncorn.org/

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

Hospitality photography at J. Carver Distillery in Waconia, Minnesota.

 

 

Syngenta via G&S Business Solutions

Being that I specialize in agricultural photography, I get a lot of calls and emails regarding the possibility of doing farm related shoots for various companies throughout the midwest. And because I absolutely love farm life photography, I also love getting those calls! These images from a shoot I did for Syngenta via G&S Business Solutions out of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was on the Jason & Amy Gillis farm over in Medford, Minnesota, and focused primarily on GPS technology and other valuable electronic equipment, including a computer, smartphone and ipad, out in the field.

Based in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, Dean Riggott specializes in many areas of photography, including commercial, corporate and editorial photography. Industrial photography and agricultural photography are two of his favorites. Dean is available to travel anywhere his van or a plane will take him, so call or send an email if you have a shoot you’d like to discuss!

Client: http://www.gscommunications.com/

Agricultural photography of Amy Gillis on the family farm in Medford, Minnesota, for G&S Business and Syngenta.

Agricultural photography of Amy Gillis on the family farm in Medford, Minnesota, for G&S Business and Syngenta.

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Agricultural technology photography for Syngenta via G&S Business Communications.

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Agricultural photography of Jason Gillis on his farm in Medford, Minnesota.

Working in the field with his daughter and an ipad on the fmaily farm in Medford, Minnesota.

Jason Gillis working in the field with his daughter, Emma, and an ipad on the family farm in Medford, Minnesota.

Talking in the field with Ashley Green, an AgriEdge specialist with Syngenta.

Jason Gillis talking in the field with Ashley Green, an AgriEdge specialist with Syngenta.

Talking in the field with Erin Goebel, a precision specialist with Central farm Service.

Jason Gillis talking in the field with Erin Goebel, a precision specialist with Central farm Service.

Working in the field with hi a laptop on the family farm in Medford, Minnesota.

Jason Gillis working in the field with hi a laptop on the family farm in Medford, Minnesota.

A young lamb and it’s very tired mama!

Another outtake while out photographing farmers with their vintage tractors in southern Minnesota for SEMA Equipment. I always love finding a great farm scenes to photograph and these sheep were too good to pass up! This was on a farm near Fremont, Minnesota. Nothing like traveling the backroads of rural America documenting life on the farm!

Based in his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, Dean Riggott specializes in many areas of photography, including commercial, corporate, editorial photography. Industrial photography and agricultural photography are two of his favorites. Dean is available to travel anywhere his van or a plane will take him, so call or send an email if you have a shoot you’d like to discuss!

 

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The Fremont Store

As an agricultural photographer based  in Rochester, Minnesota, who shoots primarily throughout the midwest, I am constantly out driving the backroads photographing farm life in rural America. A few weeks ago I was all over southern Minnesota photographing farmers with their vintage tractors for a project SEMA Equipment is working on. When passing through Fremont, Minnesota, I came upon this very old country store, which I had actually stopped to photograph in the past. But this time the lighting was absolutely beautiful as the sun was about to set, so I just had to stop.

The Fremont Store, located just south of Lewiston, Minnesota, was built in 1856 and still functions as a store today. It is currently owned and operated by 101-year-old, Martha Johnson, who lives right next door.

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Rochester, Minnesota, professional photographer, Dean Riggott, has specializes in commercial, corporate, editorial and advertising photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include architecture, food, environmental portraits, farming, industrial, college campus life and Rochester, Minnesota photo stock. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

As an agricultural photographer in the midwest I am constantly out driving the backroads heading somewhere. A few weeks ago I was all over southern Minnesota photographing farmers with their vintage tractors for a project SEMA Equipment is working on. When passing through Fremont, Minnesota, I came upon this very old country store, which I had actually stopped to photograph in the past. But this time the lighting was absolutely beautiful as the sun was about to set, so I just had to stop. The Fremont Store, located just south of Lewiston, Minnesota, was built in 1856 and still functions as a store today. It is currently owned and operated by 101-year-old, Martha Johnson, who lives right next door.

The Fremont Store was built in 1856 and still functions as a store today.

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A young boy plays on his father’s old John Deere tractor on the family farm near Red Wing, Minnesota. I shot this while on a commercial shoot for SEMA Equipment, which has been one of my agricultural clients for a few years now. I absolutely love doing farm life photography, so was thrilled to be shooting a series of portraits of farmers with their old, often restored, John Deere Tractors, for a calendar they are putting together.

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Rochester, Minnesota, professional photographer, Dean Riggott, has specializes in commercial, corporate, editorial and advertising photography since 1991. Areas of expertise include architecture, food, environmental portraits, farming, industrial, college campus life and Rochester, Minnesota photo stock. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

© Dean Riggott Photography   http://www.riggottphoto.com

A boy plays on a tractor on a farm near Red Ring, Minnesota.

A boy plays on a tractor on a farm near Red Ring, Minnesota.

What a beautiful setting!

As an agricultural photographer I am frequently on the road cruising around southern Minnesota, and beyond, either looking for awesome things to photograph or going from one scheduled shoot to another. On this particular day I had already been on four farms and was heading to one more to shoot an environmental portrait of a farmer with his old, restored, John Deere tractor for one of my clients, SEMA Equipment, when I came upon this beautiful setting in Fremont, Minnesota. I would absolutely love to live on a setting like this. How incredibly beautiful and peaceful. And for someone who loves farm photography, this was definitely something I had to stop and shoot!

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Dean Riggott is a professional photographer based in Rochester, Minnesota, who specializes in editorial, commercial, corporate and advertising photography. Areas of expertise include architecture, food, environmental portraits, farming, industrial, college campus life and Rochester, Minnesota photo stock. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

© Dean Riggott Photography   http://www.riggottphoto.com

 

Cows in a pasture on a farm in southeastern Minnesota near Fremont.

Cows in a pasture on a farm in southeastern Minnesota near Fremont.

Les Anderson Farm—Red Wing, Minn.

I recently did a few shoots for Minnesota Corn Growers Association, who are a favorite client of mine. The following images are from the Les anderson farm near Cannon Falls, Minnesota. I got to spend a few hours with Les hanging around and shooting him working around the farm. Some were actual chores and others were done for the camera. I typically wouldn’t stage this sort of thing, but the client needed specific shots during this phase of corn growth, and, well, that had taken place a few weeks before I was there! So, I photographed a little with his soybeans and a little with the corn! Then we made a trip to Red Wing Grain, which sits along the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minnesota. All in all it was a good shoot. And farm life photography has always been a favorite of mine, so I was happy!

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—Dean Riggott is a professional photographer based in Rochester, Minnesota, who specializes in editorial, commercial, corporate and advertising photography. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

© Dean Riggott Photography   http://www.riggottphoto.com

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
www.riggottphoto.com
Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
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Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
www.riggottphoto.com
Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography www.riggottphoto.com Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Les Anderson works on his farm near Red Wing, Minnesota, where he grows corn and soybeans. © Dean Riggott Photography
www.riggottphoto.com
Agricultural photography Rochester, Minnesota

Wisconsin Bulls

Two large bulls stand in a field near Frederic, Wisconsin. It was a little scary getting this close, but I did have an electric fence between us. I just couldn’t resist photographing such a beautiful farm scene!

—Dean Riggott is a professional photographer based in Rochester, Minnesota, who specializes in editorial, commercial, corporate and advertising photography. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images of the land, the animals and the people.

© Dean Riggott Photography   http://www.riggottphoto.com

Wisconsin farm bulls

Spring Planting

 

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Glen Groth on his farm in southeastern Minnesota by Minnesota agricultural photographer, Dean Riggott.

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Glen Groth on his farm in southeastern Minnesota by Minnesota agricultural photographer, Dean Riggott.

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Glen Groth on his farm in southeastern Minnesota by Minnesota agricultural photographer, Dean Riggott.

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Glen Groth takes a dinner break with his wife and daughter while planting soybeans on the family farm in southeastern Minnesota by Minnesota agricultural photographer, Dean Riggott.

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Glen Groth, his wife and daughter, on the family farm in southeastern Minnesota by Minnesota agricultural photographer, Dean Riggott.

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Glen Groth on the family farm in southeastern Minnesota by Minnesota agricultural photographer, Dean Riggott.

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Glen Groth fills his planter with soybean seed as his daughter looks on from the back of the pickup truck.

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Glen Groth plants soybeans on the family farm in southeastern Minnesota by Minnesota agricultural photographer, Dean Riggott.



“GROW THROUGH SWEAT EQUITY” by Joli A. Hohenstein (Farm Futures Magazine)

“Neither Rocks nor deer nor lack of soil fertility keep Glen Groth from growing his farm. Giving new meaning to the term “sweaty equity,” Glen has toiled away on 700 acres, producing corn, soybeans and hay in Winona County, Minn. He chips away at rocks in the land, fights off wildlife and reclaims Conservation Reserve Program acreage to develop pro table land.”

Still, he tends to see the glass half full.

“In every place you have a di culty and an advantage,” says Groth, 33. Challenges come with the territory, and it’s all in how you face them. Farming with his parents since college graduation in 2005, he started with 25 dairy cows and 200 acres of his own. Today, he’s maxed out at 65 cows until he can expand the dairy, and he continues to add acreage.

Groth’s wife also farms 250 acres with her brothers at her family’s farm nearby. “My in-laws have a pretty established and progressive farming operation,” he says “They had fertility built up and weeds under control. I didn’t have that.”

Groth’s land is mostly former CRP or pasture. “I had to make the investment to clear it out and get it ready for production,” he says, adding acres and equipment only when it made financial sense. Admittedly, it’s a chal- lenge accessing land and capital, but he works with a farm business management professional who helps determine when the time is right. “I don’t mind taking some risk— I think you have to as a young farmer,” says Groth. “But I’m a big believer in keeping track of your risk.”

He finally invested in a combine this spring, and recently added row shut- o s to the corn planter. But because of his elds’ fragmentation — a lot of 3-, 5- and 10-acre fields — Groth says much of today’s precision technology doesn’t pay off.

Even so, moving forward is a must. “The biggest challenge is growing to the point where it’s sustainable, to the point that you can keep up with updating equipment and invest back into the business,” he says.

CARING FOR LAND

For Groth, sustainability means not just in busi- ness, but in land steward- ship as well. “Growth was always on my mind,” he says. “A lot of decisions we don’t make just on immediate nancial gain, but on our reputation and what’s best for the natural resources.”

It’s an attitude that earned Groth Family Farms the Winona County Outstanding Conservationist award. Employing techniques including grassed waterways, buffer strips, feedlot runoff management, contour strip cropping and cover crops help protect the land and the productivity.

e award continues the family’s history of responsible farming — Groth’s grandfather also received the award in the 1970s.

“I want to keep moving ahead,” he says. “In land or equipment, you’ve got to be a step ahead.”

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—Dean Riggott is a professional photographer based in Rochester, Minnesota, who specializes in editorial, commercial, corporate and advertising photography. Agriculture is a favorite subject of Dean’s to photograph. Whether shooting for a client, or on his own, Dean can often be found out in the country capturing images that reveal the character of today’s American farmer.


 






North Dakota Wheat Harvest!

Last week I spent a couple of days in North Dakota for Ellingson Companies shooting drain tile installation and one of their clients out harvesting wheat. Although I’ve been specializing in agricultural photography since 1991, it was my first time shooting a wheat harvest. Kayla Miller was kind enough to let me follow her around for a few hours and we got some great shots. The Miller’s live just northwest of Breckenridge, ND, and grow corn, soybeans, sugar beets and wheat. The day I was there they had numerous combines out harvesting wheat, along with a few tractors pulling gravity boxes. Before heading out they had guys getting the equipment all lubed-up and ready to roll, along with a GPS technician from RDO Equipment Company getting all the computerized units dialed-in. I’ve been doing farm life photography for more than 23 years, so it was about time I spent some time documenting a wheat harvest. But here in Minnesota, farmers typically grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa, so wheat isn’t something I come across when out on the road or on a farm for a client. But it was definitely a good time and something I’d love to do again! Thanks again to Kayla Miller and her family, as well as Ellingson Companies!

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Dean Riggott is a professional commercial photographer in Minnesota, working primarily in Minneapolis, St Paul, Rochester and Mankato, Minnesota. He has specialized in commercial and agricultural photography since 1991.

 

Client: http://www.ellingsoncompanies.com/

 

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.

Kayla Miller harvest wheat on the family's 18,000 acre farm near Breckenridge, North Dakota.

Agricultural photography of a wheat harvest on the Miller farm in North Dakota.