Volunteer Harvesters Cut Family's Wheat After Farmer's Death

By: Enrique Ramirez Email
By: Enrique Ramirez Email

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The winter wheat harvest is well underway across Kansas. What could have been a very difficult harvest for one local family has been made much easier thanks to some helping hands.

Raymond Rosenhagen was known in Garden Plain's tightly-knit farming community for stepping up and helping out neighbors in need. He farmed in the area for more than 50 years, doing everything from milking cows to harvesting wheat.

Rosenhagen died unexpectedly three weeks ago, leaving his family with 900 acres of wheat standing right before harvest time. On Tuesday, the neighbors Rosenhagen had always helped in the past stepped up to give back to their much-loved friend.

"It's the right thing to do. It's not the neighborly thing to do; it's the right thing. Every one of these guys feels the same way. Raymond would do the same for them," said farmer Mick Roush.

The fields that would normally take a week to harvest were cut in just one day, a record time for the volunteer harvest crew. Rosenhagen's son Mark says his family is more than thankful for the outpouring of support from the community.

"It just reinforces the good in people. I think we all inspire to do good for other people, and this is just an example of that," said Mark Rosenhagen.

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