Leaves farming behind
BADGER – Neighbors and friends are a farmer’s two most vital resources, especially if they need help farming.
And that even means when retiring from farming.
On July 28, neighbors and friends of Bob Warland showed up at his rural Badger farm to move machines.
But they weren’t going to the field. Rather, they were heading for a storage shed belonging to Dencklau Auction Services in Fort Dodge.
The machines will be offered for auction on Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.
At 82, Warland retired from farming due to health concerns.
“I don’t have anything modern,” Warland said of his machines and implements, “but it’s pretty good.”
“I can’t use the machines any more. I can’t even fill the planters.”
Warland said he suffered a heart attack on Easter Sunday. “That really knocked me for a loop. It also convinced him that he and active farming would part ways.
“I’m no good” for working, he said, but added that he’d prefer to be farming.
Following a 30-year career with Hormel in Fort Dodge, that ended when Hormel closed its doors, Warland started farming full time in 1984 on the farm where he grew up along 150th Street, just a few miles south of Badger next to Soldier Creek.
He started farming here following the death of his father, Joseph Warland.
Bob Warland grew up here. The house in which he lived is gone, having burned down a few years ago.
The 160-acre family farm qualified in 2010 as a Century Farm and Warland plans to get it registered as such by next summer.
He said his grandmother moved onto the farm as a little girl in 1910.
Earl Dencklau was one of a half-dozen friends and neighbors on hand to help move machines.
Dencklau said he and Warland have known each other “for many years” and worked together on other projects helping people out.
“When I heard what was going on, I said, ‘I’ll be right over.'”
“Well, it’s what you do isn’t it?”
Bill Havelik, of Fort Dodge, has known Warland “for at least 20 years.”
“We’ve worked together helping others. Whoever needs a hand.”
Warland said it was gratifying to have the help and have his friends help move his machines with the same care as if they were their own.
“It means a lot,” Warland said. “They’re a great group of guys. They’re always willing to help.”
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