'Tight-knit' north Iowa community comes together to harvest fallen farmer's crops

"It just proves what kind of tight-knit community we have around here. I wouldn't asked to be raised in any part of the world with all what's going on.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 8:36 PM
Updated: Nov 2, 2018 7:47 AM

HANCOCK COUNTY, Iowa - Around 20 people came out with their combines and trucksThursday morning to finish this year's harvest for Denny Steiff, who passed way earlier this year after a brief bout with cancer.

Steiff's neighbor Kevin Lackore knew him all his life.

"As I knew Denny, he was a very caring person. He put his daughters right on top. If there was an event, he was always involved."

When Denny came down with cancer in February, he needed help planting his crops.

"Through that February to May time, neighbors came over to help haul some grain. We had two neighbors come over and plant his crop for him. So we got his crop in and he got to see it happen, not involved in it."

Denny's sister Renee Nieman says his tradition of farming will continue, thanks to a generous neighbor.

"Just put it in reliable hands with the neighbors, and it's going to be a really good thing."

Matt Keel is one of the organizers helping to finish Denny's harvest.

"It was easy finding help, between his brother in-law, my dad and myself. Finding guys lining up."

And they brought plenty of equipment.

"Four combines, four grain carts, and I think 13 trucks we ended up having today."

With all of the help and resources available, Keel says it's a true testiment to how willing farmers are to help one another out in times of need.

"It just proves what kind of tight-knit community we have around here. I wouldn't asked to be raised in any part of the world with all what's going on. This really humbles you, humbles you up and makes you appreciate life and family and farming in itself."

Keel says that Steiff's daughters are retaining ownership of their dad's land, which is a century farm, and will be renting it to keep the farm operational.

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