Photos by P.J. Griekspoor
GETTING STARTED: A combine pulls away after unloading into a semi on June 18, the day friends and neighbors gathered to harvest 550 acres of wheat for Jerry Hahn, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer.
ROLLING THROUGH: Seven combines showed up to harvest wheat for Garden Plain farmer Jerry Hahn on June 18, and neighbors said they expected at least three more before the end of the day. The goal was to finish his 2020 wheat harvest in one day — a task that normally takes about a week.
MAKING LIGHT WORK: Many hands make light work, the saying goes, and that held out for friends and neighbors who showed up to harvest for Jerry Hahn. More than 20 people showed up to help with the job.
HAHN FAMILY: The family turned out to enjoy the sight of friends and neighbors harvesting the 2020 wheat crop. Shown here are Shane Hahn (left), his father Jerry Hahn, Nathan Hahn and Jaclyn Hahn Walker, the youngest. Hahn’s wife, Janie, was in another field.
UNLOADING: A grain cart unloads into a semi as neighbors combined their efforts to harvest for Jerry Hahn. The effort brought together as many as 10 combines at one point, along with grain carts, trucks and more than 20 workers.
HOME FIELD: A combine rolls at the home farm where Janie Hahn grew up about 3 miles away from her husband’s main farming operation. The Hahn family has made the decision to sell the farm, all except for this land. Neighbor Phil Klein, who helped organized this year’s harvest day, will farm it for them.