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Farmers put months of planning and work into the months leading up to harvest in hopes they will get a lot out of it.

However, when something unexpected arises, plans can change and farmers have to think of an alternate strategy.

In this week's Eye on Agriculture, Kelli Volk introduces us to a group of farmers who pitched in to help a friend during a time of uncertainty.

Neighbors in rural North Dakota may be separated by a country mile, but they are bound together in times of need.

Harvest is one of those times when a year's work of labor is brought to light.

(Steve Lauckner, Kramer Farmer)"I guess as a farmer, you're always worried. It's our pay day.

But for one Kramer farmer, the future of his crops didn't look so bright after learning the news that he would need a medical operation during an imperative time of the year.

(Steve Lauckner, Kramer Farmer)"Actually, about three weeks ago, I found out that I had a blockage and I had to go in for open heart surgery. At that time, I knew that I was going to be laid up until probably six weeks or longer."

But the hitch in harvesting plans couldn't stand up to the test of friendship.

After learning the news, Lauckners friends and neighbors organized a plan to lend a hand in harvesting Lauckner's remaining 500 acres of wheat.

(Glenn Bliss, Bottineau Farmer)"I said don't worry about harvest, we'll take care of that. So I called a couple of guys and it just kind of snowballed and people started asking "when are you going to do it and so today we have about five combines here today and we're going to try to get the rest of his crop off.

Banding together to help out a friend isn't uncommon.

Lauckner can recall a time he did a similar act for someone who needed his help.

(Steve Lauckner, Kramer Farmer)"We've had neighbors over the years that have had problems and we try to get together to help out.

It can be difficult to tackle roadblocks that arise during crucial times, but with the help of friends, one doesn't have to travel down that road alone.

(Glenn Bliss, Bottineau Farmer)"That's what people do. People come together and help somebody, friends and neighbors out."

(Steve Lauckner, Kramer Farmer)"It feels good. It's great. They're all a good bunch of people. All of the neighbors around here are."

Near Kramer, Kelli Volk, KX News.

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