MarshallCounty experienced yet another farm accident this past week. The power of prayer by friends, neighbors and strangers was felt by Hunter Verhaeghe of Walkerton as he is now home from the hospital and recovering from being run over by a semi. The driver had mistaken him for someone else and thought he was cleared to leave the area. He’s a very lucky young man who lived to talk about it. There was definitely an angel looking out for him.

A few frosty mornings and a couple freeze advisories this past week left many of us digging out the winter clothes. By Thursday, the field conditions were finally ideal to disk stalks. Hope to shell the last 15 acres this week. We’ve all seen or heard stories of farmers coming together to harvest a crop in a time of hardship. It leaves a family with a sense of relief knowing their crop will be harvested without added stress on the family. Dad and I had little over 80 acres of soybeans to harvest. We had our name on a list with another farmer to harvest them, but he was experiencing weather delays with his own crop.

We were so thankful and appreciative for David and Foster Davenport. Instead of moving to their next field, they came around to the other side of the fence and pulled in after dark with a combine, draper head, grain cart and a semi. Friday morning, there was a nice cool breeze with no dew, which allowed them to get an early start and finish the soybeans prior to rain. I wasn’t sure how I was going to keep up with tractor and wagons, but luckily they brought another semi, which made the delivery to Frick Services in Wyatt so much faster.

Many of my farmer friends got up early Saturday morning to shell corn to keep the dryer going, so they could attend the Garth Brooks concert at Notre Dame. I decided I’d rather start rebuilding my JD 7000 planter for 2019 planting season in a heated shop instead of braving the elements with 85,000 other people with heavy rain, 40 mph winds, sleet and snow Saturday afternoon.

Congrats to our Indiana huskers who placed at the National Cornhusking Contest this weekend in South Dakota: Gage Richard, who took first place in his class of 14 and younger; Rolland Miller placed third in men’s 50 and over; Ted Richard placed second in men’s open with 583 pounds, just shy of first place by less than 2 pounds!

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