Farmers Help Each Other Out
Farmers are the kind of people who are willing to help eachother in hard times. That is exactly what we saw recently in Idaho, as farmers rushed to harvest all their potatoes before the a surprise cold snap ruined them.
David Sparks is a longtime Ag reporter in Idaho and explains:
"There was a hard freeze in southeast Idaho that came a little earlier than usual and it caught a few potato farmers off guard.
One farmer in Hamer, about 30 miles north of Idaho Falls, wasn't able to take in all his crop in time.
So other farmers in the area sent their workers, and a ton of members of the community came to help save the farmers crop.
There is a video CNN posted of a convoy of trucks and equipment, included nine harvesters and somewhere in the area of 50 people that showed up to help get the job done - and all with snow falling.
Now here is the really amazing thing. Many of those folks who came out to help had been up all night the night before clearing up their own fields.
And by the way - that group of workers is believed to have saved several hundred thousand dollars' worth of potatoes."
The Idaho Farm Bureau says there are some concerns when it comes to crops. There are three major crops that could be affected by the drastic temperature change: onions, dry beans and sweet corn.