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Farmers Pull Together to Help Rancher After Farm Accident


It's a busy time on the farm.
Many ranchers are spending countless hours in the  hay field.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you north of Tuttle where more than a dozen farmers are working in the same field for a farmer in need.

There's a steady purr of mowers on the east side of Tuttle.
(Barbara Steinke / Wife of Injured Farmer) "Oh this is wonderful. It's just such a relief to know that the hay is going to be put up. 
Barbara Steinke's husband, Kirby, was in a farm accident earlier this month.
(Barbara Steinke / Wife of Injured Farmer) "He was raking the ditch and the seat broke and went backwards and he fell off. The rake went over him and then the tractor was going crazy around and around in circles. He tried to stop it and while trying to stop it the tractor ran him over."
That accident left Kirby in the hospital with his tractor sitting idle.
(Barbara Steinke / Wife of Injured Farmer) "They brought Kirby in and he had what they call an open book pelvic fracture and he has been in the hospital ever since."
Now 17 farmers are taking time out of their busy schedules to spend a few days, making some rounds for Kirby.
(Jack Spah / Farmer Helping Out) "Kirby got hurt real bad. And we knew he couldn't do it no more and he would be one of the first one's in my yard helping me out. Just trying to be a good neighbor."
friends and neighbors are pulling together to get the job done.
(Casey Steinke / Wife of Injured Farmer) "Very helpful. It's crazy seeing all these tractors, waiting in a row waiting to take their turn. It's like rush hour out here."
(Barbara Steinke / Wife of Injured Farmer) "I know that Kirby is so happy that the neighbors and friends are willing to do this. It's just been phenomenal."
(Jack Spah / Farmer Helping Out) "I am happy to help out. "
(Casey Steinke / Wife of Injured Farmer) "I'm not even sure who is all even out here yet to be able to thank everyone. I would like to thank everyone right now, it's much appreciated."
A mini farm rescue of friends and neighbors on the prairie.

Organizing this haying event was a joint effort between the Tuttle and Robinson communities.
Carol's Kitchen in Robinson provided today's lunch.


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