Making Patriotic Hay

Jake Reimers paints the country red, white and blue

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Rows of hay bales, covered with Americana bale wrapping, sit next to the tractor in a Yukon farm field on June 28. (Photo by Carol Mowdy Bond)

By Carol Mowdy Bond
Contributing Writer

Rows of hay bales, covered with Americana bale wrapping, in a Yukon farm field on June 28. (Photo by Carol Mowdy Bond)

Jake Reimers doesn’t kid around about July 4. He’s proud of the U.S., and the men and women who have served in the military. And he’s got red, white, and blue Americana bale wrapping on over 100 round bales of hay at Frisco Road and Route 66 in Yukon, and that doesn’t even count his other farm fields in Canadian County.

“The Elgin distributor who sells this bale wrapping, for each roll sold, he’s giving $5 to his local Veterans of Foreign Wars post,” Reimers said. “My dad accidentally wrapped a bale too many times. The colors really stand out on that one. So, he stuck American flags in it.”

Jake Reimers stands between his bales of hay, covered with Americana bale wrapping, in his Yukon farm field. (Photo by Carol Mowdy Bond)

A fourth generation farmer whose son is already working the family lands, Reimers hails from northwest of Calumet, where he grew up on a 120-acre dairy farm.

He was educated in Calumet schools. And now, between him and all his family members, they own at least 960 acres from Calumet to Yukon.

Reimers still owns his first tractor, which he got when he was a senior in high school.

He rode the tractor through a Yukon farm field on Sunday June 28, planting soybeans.

“This is my first year to plant soybean,” said Reimers. He and his family plant milo, oats, and alfalfa. And they have cattle and wheat on their land near Calumet.

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