ELKHORN, Wisc. (WEAU/WLAX) — An Elkhorn farmer’s sudden passing left his wife with this year’s crops, but no way to plant them. That was until neighbors stepped up to help.

The Rieck’s Farm has been a family farm for more than 100 years, and Pat Rieck has lived on the property for more than 50 years. Pat’s husband, David, typically planted 2,200 acres of corn and soybeans.

“My husband was going to farm until he was 80, but when he passed away, it was very scary because my husband was the one who did all the planting and did the drying in our drying bins.”

The family had already purchased seed and fertilizer for the season. Without David, planting was going to be a challenge.

To honor the late farmer’s wishes, friends stepped in and have so farm planted 1,000 acres, something Pat says her husband would have wanted.

“He loved farming it was his life. Everything was about the farm,” she said.