Community pitches in to help sick Bradford area farmer

About 40 farmers, friends and neighbors in the Bradford and Iowa Falls areas pitched in last Tuesday to harvest the fields of Dwight Ellingson, who is recovering from a stint in intensive care. GREG FORBES/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

Nearly 20 pieces of heavy machinery rolled through Dwight Ellingson’s soybean fields near Bradford last Tuesday. Normally, Ellingson would be out there himself during the harvest, but when an infection landed him in intensive care, his friends and neighbors stepped up.

“He’s on the mend but just has no strength to do it himself,” said area farmer Rob McCormick, “so we decided to get a harvest organized.”

About 40 people pitched in to harvest 500 acres of Ellingson’s soybeans. McCormick said he was overwhelmed by the turnout, as many who helped had to put off their own harvest. But for those who ventured out on the sunny, crisp day, it was the perfect way to thank one of their neighbors who would do the exact same thing.

“A lot of these guys still have their own crop to get out,” said McCormick. “Dwight is just an awful nice guy.”

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