GARRETT, Ind. (AP) -- Dozens of farmers waited until noon for Tuesday's fog to lift. But the sun didn't get the message.
Larry Kummer organized a community effort to help Butler Township farmer Garry Thrush, who was diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing chemotherapy.
The group met at Custer Grain Co. near Garrett for lunch at noon Tuesday, standing in the doorway to check the skies for a glimpse of sunshine. But a reluctant sun and wet conditions put their plans on hold until Wednesday, weather permitting.
Kummer sent letters to area farmers asking them to offer their equipment and time, "and most importantly, their personal thoughts and prayers for fellow farmer Garry Thrush," The Star in Auburn reported (http://bit.ly/17scfK2 ).
Kummer rounded up 11 combines, three semi-trucks, wagons and dozens of workers to help bring in nearly 400 acres of soybeans Thrush farms on a cash/rent basis.
The Thrush family asked the group to concentrate on four tracts of soybeans just south and east of Garrett, amounting to about 400 acres. Soybeans from these fields needed to be taken to the elevator as part of the cash/rent process. Kummer divided the volunteer workers and equipment into four quadrants to work efficiently.
Others contributed to Tuesday's effort by donating toward food for the workers and fuel for the farm equipment.
Thrush also farms 3,500-4,000 acres that his family and friends will harvest on their own, according to Kummer.
Kummer is a crop insurance agent with Peoples Federal Savings Bank and attends the Auburn United Methodist Church with the Thrushes.
Kummer said the amazing part of the day would be that 11 combines, three semi-trucks and more than a dozen workers could bring in the beans within four to five hours.
Greg Thrush represented his father at Tuesday's event.
The farmers stopped for a moment for prayer, asking God for safety and for continued healing for Thrush, before sitting down for a sack lunch donated by the Genesis Sunday school class at the United Methodist Church.
Plans called for them to have equipment ready in the fields to be ready to go right after the lunch.
Kevin Custer he was proud to be a part of the effort and wished Thrush a speedy recovery. Custer Grain Co. donated the semi-trucks to haul the beans to the elevator.
Pioneer district sales manager Traci Bultemier stopped by as the farmers gathered at Custer Grain. Her company contributed cookies, sodas and chips for the lunch, as well.
"He is a good customer, and (the Thrushes) are good friends. We wouldn't know what to do without them," she said. "Garry and Greg are very well respected in the farm community."
Information from: The Elkhart Truth, http://www.etruth.com
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