EARLHAM, Iowa (AP) — More than a dozen farmers worked with six combines and other equipment to harvest a crop near the central Iowa community of Earlham, a little more than a month after the owner died of cancer.
Dennis Scar died on Sept. 25 at age 64, less than a year after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
He died just days before farmers in the area began harvesting their corn and soybeans.
Scar's daughter-in-law, Nikki Scar, told KCCI-TV the gratitude the family felt for their neighbors was hard to put into words. First the area farmers harvested the family's soybeans, and they returned Monday to harvest the corn.
“It's actually overwhelming, brought tears to our eyes when you see all this machinery pull in,” she said. “You know, and we didn't ask for any of this help. Everybody took it upon themselves to come. We're just very blessed to have family and friends and live in a small town.”
Dave Boyle of Earlham said there were plenty of volunteers. The challenge was coordinating the tractors, trucks and wagons.
“We just all got together and said 'Hey, we're going to come do it,' ” Boyle said. “We're neighbors and everybody knows everybody.”
The corn harvest normally would have taken days to complete, but the volunteers finished it in about three hours.
The need to harvest quickly was especially intense for some farmers, who knew rainy weather expected this week could limit their ability to work in their fields.
Despite her loss, Dennis Scar's wife, Chris, said this is always a good time of year.
“It's one of the best times of the year for all farmers. They get to reap the harvest of all their work,” she said. “It's great. It's wonderful.”
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