WENTWORTH, SD -
More than two-dozen combines rolled into a Lake County farm field Wednesday to come to the aid of a grieving family. They harvested the soybeans of a farmer who died in an accident last week.
Combines and compassion are putting the fall harvest on the fast track at the Feige farm.
"It's just indescribable, there just aren't words to express our appreciation for everybody," Carolyn Feige said.
Carolyn Feige's husband, Dave died when a piece of heavy equipment fell on top of him while he was prepping his combine for the harvest.
"He was so busy getting ready. I think he was just trying to do too much, too fast," Feige said.
Not even tragedy can stop the harvest, especially when cold and rain are in the forecast. So friends, neighbors and relatives piled into their combines, semis and grain carts to get the Feiges' 14-hundred acres of soybeans out of the ground.
"It's a mixed feeling because it's emotional as far as the whole community coming together for this, it's a good feeling," farmer Kasey Gehrels said.
Many of these volunteers put their own harvests on hold simply to help out.
"It's overwhelming how many people showed up. It tells you how strong a community it is and everybody comes together and gets it done," Gehrels said.
Carolyn Feige hopes her husband's death will be a reminder to all farmers not to throw caution to the wind in their push to get the harvest done in time.
"I know they're rushing to stay ahead of the weather or make up after a breakdown but we just want them to think twice, it can happen," Feige said.
This outpouring in the bean fields is a comfort to a family grateful for this harvest of help and healing.
"It's just unreal, we are truly blessed," Feige said.
A downpour brought the harvest to a halt earlier in the day. But Wednesday afternoon's strong winds helped dry the beans and the combines got moving again.
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