Helping With Harvest - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Helping With Harvest

OAKESDALE, Wash. – Jerry Smart is in a Spokane area hospital recovering from multiple broken bones after a farming accident two weeks ago, shortly before he was supposed to start harvesting 500 acres of wheat on a family farm in Whitman County.

"Everybody feels it's important to get somebody like Jerry's crop in so he's not sitting in the hospital like he is worrying about his crop being taken care of," said Jeff Black from The McGregor Company which helped organize a team of volunteers to help with the harvest.

Black estimates 100 people drove their tractors and combines to the Smart farm to help with the harvest on Wednesday morning.

A convoy of combines stretched so long it temporarily shut down Highway 27 as volunteers drove to two harvest sites along the roadway.

It was a stunning display of community spirit for the town of Oakesdale where long time residents said it had been at least 25 years since the last time they rallied to help a sick or injured resident with harvest.

"That's the way these small communities are," said Black.  "When somebody goes down, gets hurt, everybody pitches in and helps get things done."  

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report

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