Farmer suffers heart attack while harvesting; community finishes fields

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BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Neighbors gathered to help a Benton County farmer who suffered a heart attack while harvesting.

Mike Conner, 66, has farmed in the community for more than 50 years. Last week, in the middle of harvesting corn, he suffered a heart attack.

Thankfully, Connor’s friend Leon Troyer was right by his side to rush him to the hospital. Troyer then organized neighbors to bring in Conner’s crops. In one day, they managed to harvest 300 acres of corn.

“If I hadn’t been here, there would have been somebody else,” said Troyer. “I had so many people that wanted to come. However, with the 300 acres, we decided that we had enough.”

Conner supplies corn and soybeans for some of the major companies in the community including Tate and Lyle.

Troyer says Conner is so well-loved and respected, he was blessed to have many people willing to help in this special time of need.

Conner underwent open heart surgery at IU Methodist Hospital, and he is currently recovering in ICU.

To learn more about Mike Conner’s Corn Harvest, click here.

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