Heartfelt Harvest

Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 3:17pm

Farmers band together to bring in crop for late neighbor's widow.

Friends and neighbors have come together to help a farm family in need.

Last week 69-year-old Don Hering lost his life in a farm accident near Oakland, Iowa.

On Wednesday volunteers helped bring in the harvest.

Dana Martens was part of a small army of volunteers helping harvest soybeans for Don Hering's widow, Nancy.

"I think this is something that, if it would have happened to somebody else, Don would have done the same thing. So everybody's kind of come together and helped Nancy get her crop out before bad weather," he says.

"That's the nice thing about living in a small community, a rural community," says Nancy Hering. "Neighbors are wonderful. They've planned everything, organized everything. Called and here everybody is. It's very nice."

On September 28th Don was working on top of a grain bin on his property.

He was near an opening, when he fell in and got buried in grain.

"Went up to see why he wasn't coming out," said Nancy, "and I didn't see him. He wasn't to be found. He was apparently under the corn."

Rescuers had to empty the corn from the bin to recover his body.

Nancy says friendships came naturally to her husband of 41 years.

"Farmed all his life. Loved the farm. Was a very friendly guy. He did not know any strangers."

While Don isn't around to see his crop come in, friends and family are working to keep his memory alive.

Ryan Hering is Don's nephew.

"Pretty good guy. Ornery. Always brought a lot of life to the party. He's going to be very well missed," he says.

The Herings also have about 350 acres of corn.

The volunteers say they will be back to help with that harvest in the next couple weeks.

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