09/17/2013 02:05 pm ET Updated Jul 28, 2014

Joe Becker, Injured Montana Farmer, Finds Out How Just How Awesome His Neighbors Are (PHOTO)

A group of farmers from Rudyard, Mont., are reminding us what it really means to love your neighbors.

Local farm owner Joe Becker broke both of his legs earlier this year after falling 12 feet while helping his son build a cabin, the Havre Daily News reports. The accident occurred around the time when Becker would have had to harvest his crops, but his injuries left him bedridden in the hospital.

"I knew I had good neighbors, but you really find out what kind of neighbors you have in a time like this," he told Havre Daily.

Fourteen of Becker's neighbors and friends told him not to worry, assembled their equipment and took over harvesting his crops.

"To have those combines lined up like they were cutting their own crops was great," Becker said. "Once they got together, nobody had to tell anybody what to do or ask anybody to do anything. They just did it."

The story, posted to Reddit in early September, prompted others to share similar stories of kindness and camaraderie in the farming community.

User HoldMeBabyJesus wrote:

You'll see stuff like this all the time around here (rural Minnesota). If a farmer happens to pass away or get severely injured, the neighboring farmers will help harvest. A guy passed away a few years ago when he touched the grain auger after it came in contact with some power lines. The next few days dozens of combines, tractors, disc rippers, plows, and grain trucks showed up to help out. It's a beautiful thing to see.

User Fuzzybeard also commented that farmers helping each other is so common in Illinois that it's sparked a saying: "Today, you; tomorrow, me."

H/T: Reddit/r/UpliftingNews



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