Farm Rescue steps in to help farmer harvest his field

Published: Sep. 14, 2018 at 5:21 PM CDT
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If you work on a farm, it's never a good time to get hurt, but one organization is always on the lookout to step in if needed.

Farmers need to be in their fields this time of year, and any setback could cost them greatly.

Let's take you back to two weeks ago.

“I went to the truck and I told my hired man, 'you better get me Kenmare, there is something going on.' I never felt like that before. I could hardly breathe, my back was all sore,” said Dan Wheeling, farmer.

The doctor gave Dan some bad news.

“I though, heart attack or something like that because, you know, he has been stressed out,” said Aimee Wheeling, Dan’s wife.

The doctor said Dan had bad pneumonia and a fractured back after a recent fall. After the news, he didn't know what to do.

“I guess I told my hired man we were going to have to figure out something,” said Dan.

With four different products to harvest, Dan says local businesses, friends, neighbors, and Farm Rescue stepped in to help.

“The hair on your arms stands up. I mean, it's a busy season and so many people just dropped everything to come out and help us. It's humbling,” said Aimee.

“Especially with farmers. You know they don't want the help, but they need it, and it’s so awesome to help people who really aren't asking for it. I'm so proud to help Dan and Aimee,” said Levi Wielenga, Farm Rescue operations manager.

This non-profit relies on volunteers and donations.

“I'm glad to be able to help people that need it. Dan here has been in a accident and needs a little help getting through the harvest,” said Warren Rubingh, volunteer.

During this tough time:

“We learned, there are a lot of good people out there. This rescue is awesome,” said Dan.

Dan learned there are still a lot of good people in the world.

Farm Rescue is in six states and has helped 600 farm and ranch families in the last 13 years.