The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in a number of different ways.

We know how businesses have closed and those we love have lasting side effects of the virus, but what about the farmers who have had to overcome?

Mike Block was hospitalized for seven days and was sick for two weeks prior to his hospitalization during his Covid battle.

One thing that the pandemic has shown us is that there is no shortage of those who will help when it’s needed and that’s just what the community did for Mike.

Twenty-six people arrived at the Mike Block farm east of Gothenburg on Nov. 8, equipped with combines, grain carts, augers and semis to help get his crops out of the field.

Mike said that he is overwhelmed with gratitude for those who pitched in.

“I can’t thank them enough,” he said. “There were so many that volunteered that there weren’t enough jobs for everyone to do. I just want everyone to know that I appreciate the help and am thankful for each of the offers we’ve received.”

Mike’s wife, Jolene said that they’ve learned a lot in the past month, between Covid, the caring community we live in, and God’s grace.

“We have a wonderful community who helps out when someone is down and we couldn’t be more thankful,” she said.

Mike said that the crews arrived on the morning of Nov. 8 and by the time they wrapped up around noon on Nov. 9, they had cleared 350 acres of corn. Mike was able to get out on Nov. 15 and finish the last four acres to get in.

“I just want to send out a big thank you to everyone who helped,” he said. “Those who lent a hand and offered to help, and for everyone who’s been praying for me.”

Contact Rebecca Steward at or call 308.537.9498