- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
Helping friend in need isn't a lost art
The recent harvesting bee organized by friends to help area farmer Bob Nitsch had to have brought back memories to those old enough to remember when farmers routinely got together to help each other plant, harvest or complete other farm chores.
Nitsch, of Jackson, was hospitalized and worried about harvesting 130 acres of soybeans near the Diversion Channel.
But there was no need to worry, for Gerald Bryan, Cape Girardeau County extension agronomist, and Gayle King, a retired extension agronomist, were way ahead of him.
They and seven others gathered at the soybean field at 10 one morning and had the beans harvested and to market by noon.
They brought six harvesters and a half-dozen trucks. All of this made short work of the task, cutting a 142-foot-wide swatch across the field in each sweep.
Nitsch, former president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, has been farming in Cape Girardeau County for many years. Just last spring he planted a crop for an ailing friend.
The harvesting bee is a refreshing example of how things used to be, and how helping others hasn't become a lost art.