Farmers harvesting in memory of a friend

Farmers in the North Platte Valley are coming to the aid of a long time friend who isn't here for this year's harvest. About 30 farmers are helping harvest sugar beets for David Schlegel passed away in late August from cancer.

In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Rod Zwiebel of Torrington was friends with David for more than 30 years. He brought his tandem truck to haul David's beets to the sugar factory.

Many of David's friends offered their labor as well as their equipment like sugar beet defoliators, diggers, tandem and semi-trucks to harvest the crop. This is something that is bringing together the community.

Another one of his David's friends is Dennis Cardiff who lives nearby. He wanted to help David any way he could by taking food out to the crews working in the field.

In watching the harvest, David's sugar beet field was like revolving door of trucks carryout out this year crop.

The group of farmers will harvest about 90 acres of sugarbeets in one day, what would have taken much longer. In a couple weeks many of these same friends will come back to harvest his corn crop.

David also had the help of his friends Roger Helt and Jerry Howard who have been tending to his crops all year long. Like many they don't seek recognition of the good deed, it's rather something you do to help a friend in need.

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