HARVEST HELP: Neighbors Assist Ailing Farmer

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A few weeks ago farmer George Illg discovered he had some heart problems after falling and breaking his hip, and that meant by-pass surgery and a stay at Mercy in Des Moines.

His son Brian was able to pick up some of the work on the rural-Bode farm while George recovered but neighbors soon realized he needed help. 

“In the neighborhood someone goes down or needs help, the whole neighborhood gets together and helps them,” says neighbor Jerry Girres.

Early Wednesday morning, 30 to 40 people, eight combines, tractors, wagons and trucks came to the farm. The group worked in three different fields harvesting 240 acres of corn.  The farm also has some beans, but that crop is not ready.

Although 67-year-old George is not able to be there, he is “watching” the harvest via Skype on an Ipad.  He has been able to see and talk to many of those standing in his field, while he is in a hospital bed in Des Moines.

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