Farmers sign up for Feige harvesting bee
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
If the local weather remains clear, dozens of combines and grain trucks will work their way across soybean fields in Lake County Wednesday in an effort by area farmers to assist a Wentworth family that experienced a terrible loss a little over a week ago.|
The farmers are holding a harvesting bee for the family of the late David Feige, a Wentworth-area farmer who died on Sept. 23 in a farm machinery accident that occurred on his farmstead.
Jerry Gehrels of Wentworth said persons started discussing how they could help the family on the day of Feige's funeral, which was held last Thursday. Since then, Gehrels, who is related to the Feige family by marriage, and Roger Schrepel of Madison worked at organizing the harvesting operation which grew to 25 to 30 combines and 50 to 60 grain trucks.
Gehrels said the harvesters are planning to start gathering at 8 a.m. on the Feige farm.
"We'll get together for rolls and coffee and kind of distribute the combines and trucks to where they need to start working," Gehrels said.
If everything goes according to plan, Gehrels estimated that the harvesters should only need four to five hours to combine about 1,300 acres of soybeans. The farmers should start moving through the fields by 10 a.m. and perhaps finish by 2 or 3 p.m.
According to Scott Feige, David's son, the harvesting bee will provide a great deal of help to the family. Under normal circumstances, his father would have done the combining by working with a cousin.
"The help...it's really appreciated, especially since it comes from all of the neighbors," Scott Feige said.
Scott Feige farmed with his father and also worked part-time as a fabricator and welder in Wentworth. He expects to start putting his full focus on farming.
Gehrels said volunteers who join the work bee will come to the Feige farm, which is located on the east side of Leroy Township, from all parts of Lake County.