When someone falls on tough times, a farmer will do what they need to help a neighbor.
Collin Klattenhoff farms northwest of Miles, Tx. For him, the year has been tough not just because of weather and low prices, but factors off the farm.
He’s been battling Crohn’s Disease, and this year it attacked his body with a vengeance.
“I’ve had a couple of surgeries to get everything fixed during the year,” said Klattenhoff. “The last one ended up during harvest season. Thank goodness these guys are out here helping me get my crop out while I’m trying to recover.”
Almost 50 farmers, 10 cotton strippers, six module builders and five boll buggies came to the farm. They made lunch and harvested as much cotton as they could to show Klattenhoff how much they care.
“This is just an effort on my part to help Collin,” said Daniel Wilde, a west Texas farmer. “He has been a great friend for years. He won’t ask for help himself, so we have to come out here and do it for him.”
Wilde spearheaded the day once he learned of Klattenhoff’s last surgery. He knew his cotton was about a month overdue and decided to put his friendship into action, calling the Miles Coop Gin for help.
Before long, farmers were volunteering their time, money, equipment and even food to help their fellow farmer.
“When you grow up in a small community when something happens, they’re going to come out of the woodwork to help you and make it better,” said Lois Ann Crownover, Klattenhoff’s mom.
Klattenhoff’s dealt with Crohn’s for 15 years, and his doctors are hoping this will be his last surgery.
“It’s been a blessing to have them all come out and help out,” said Klattenhoff. “When I’m well, I’ll be out there in the field the next time somebody needs some help.”