Wisconsin farmers help harvest corn after neighbor's death

Posted at 8:07 AM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 09:07:31-04

MILTON, Wis. (AP) -- Neighbors came to help with the harvest after a 76-year-old farmer in southern Wisconsin died at home with corn still standing in his fields.

Milton farmers gathered to help Jeff McNally harvest the family's crops following his father's death, the Janesville Gazette reported .

"It's just neighbors helping neighbors," said Tom Reed, one of the area farmers who came to the McNally's farm to help.

Neighbors Harold Hanuska, Doug Goodger and Chris Boston also helped with the harvesting.

Tom McNally died on Oct. 16. Besides serving in the U.S. Army and studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tom McNally spent his whole life farming.

The McNallys have about 500 acres of corn and soybeans, Jeff McNally said.

"Once we get going, it won't take long," Hanuska said. "We're harvesting high-moisture corn to go into the Harvestore."

The high-moisture corn is used to feed cattle in the McNally's dairy operation, but it dries out the longer it stays in the field.

Tom McNally and his father, William McNally, had some award winning herds, according to Janesville Gazette records.

The McNallys were honored for having the top herd in 1979 by the Rock County Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Their 61 cows averaged more than 17,000 pounds of milk, which was quite an accomplishment decades ago.

They were then honored a decade later by the Tri State Breeders Cooperative for herd productivity.

 The farm has been in the family for more than a century.