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Published October 13, 2010, 03:46 PM

Volunteers step in to help a Fargo farmer in need

Argusville, ND (WDAY TV) - Mark Schreiner dreamed of a day like this. The south Fargo man had a farmer's "dream crop." A promising soybean harvest was certain. Today his family, friends, and even strangers made that happen. This as Mark recovers from an accident at WE-Fest in August that resulted in a critical head injury.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

A half dozen combines kicked up dust as Farm Rescue and volunteers fanned out across Mark Schreiner's soybean fields. It was a perfect afternoon for this event. Cool, sunny, a blue sky the perfect back drop for this harvest of caring.

Jeff Larson is an airline pilot. He drove up from the Twin Cities after his flight to volunteer on the combine.

JEFF LARSONVOLUNTEER: “Growing up around it you know what a big deal it is to have someone come in and help out in a time of need.”

He grew up on a ranch in western North Dakota. He doesn't even know Mark Schreiner.

“It is great to see the community come out and pulling together.”

Mark Schreiner's wife and children came to witness this volunteer turnout.

SHELLY SCHREINERMARK'S WIFE: “As the dust cleared, I started counting and it is amazing. He would be very humbled.”

It is a field full of soybeans at sunrise, quickly taken off and dumped, as the volunteers made quick work of the harvest. As family and friends deal with so many unknowns following Mark's accident, today's volunteer turnout comforted them all.

They look out for each other. The crop he proudly planted, now in the bin.

The group Farm Rescue has been out across North Dakota this summer, helping close to a dozen farm families. The group formed in 2005. Ten farmers were helped the first year. Since then, more than 130 families have seen "Farm Rescue" come to their aid. When the organization finds a farmer who needs help, the call goes out to area ranchers and producers who are willing to drive or share machinery.

“It tells me that farmers do have problems and if we can be there to help out with that crisis, we have answered the need.”

Farm Rescue limits its help to planting and harvesting help for those in need.