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Wisconsin community comes together for farmer's final harvest

Farmer died while performing chores

Mike Hatz's friends, farmers and otherwise, came together to harvest his fields.
Mike Hatz's friends, farmers and otherwise, came together to harvest his fields. (WISC-TV)

MADISON, Wis. (WISC) - For farmers, it’s a busy time of the year: It’s harvest season. 

Mike Lindloff of Sauk Prairie was the sixth generation to be farming the original Hatz Farm that’s been in his family since 1844. 

He was also a proud Sauk Prairie FFA alumni member and supporter. 

Two weeks ago, he passed away in an accident while doing his evening chores.

None of his corn or soybean fields had been harvested. 

But the seeds he had sown in the community over the years produced an abundant harvest of care, support and friendship.

Mike's friends, farmers and otherwise, came together to harvest his fields. 

All of them.

The Hatz Family
The Hatz Family

The display of respect and honor to this man, husband, father, son, brother, friend, farmer was enough to fill the hundreds of acres of land Mike tended to his entire life.

Combines and trucks danced together with grace on a cool and sunny October morning with a single goal: Harvest the fields for Mike and his family.

Of course, it didn't go as smoothly as everyone had hoped. Combines broke down costing thousands and thousands of dollars in repairs but that didn't stop anyone from getting this final chore done for Mike.