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Illinois farmers harvest fields of injured neighbor

Oct 29, 2017 at 06:21 AM CST

BASCO, Ill. -- Farmers across the region delayed their own harvests this weekend to help a neighbor in need.

John Ufkes recently fell from his grain trailer, breaking two vertebrae and laying him up for about three months. With Ufkes out of commission for the season, the work falls entirely on the shoulders of his brother, Gene. Recognizing the need to keep the Ufkes' harvest going, Rod Bushmeyer, Ace Lantz and Scott Mudd enlisted farmers from as far away as Hull to help harvest more than 300 acres of fields for the brothers on Friday and Saturday.