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By Brandon Cline
Managing Editor 

Ritzville farmers unite for one of their own

Harvest bee organized for Ritzville farmer diagnosed with stage IV cancer


Last updated 12/19/2019 at 1:07pm

Journal photos by Brandon Cline

A combine harvests Larry Yockey's wheat field during the harvest bee on July 28. In all, about 60 volunteers and 17 combines embarked upon 1,200 acres of the Yockeys' farm, finishing in six hours. Yockey, who was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma earlier this year, said it usually takes him 12-14 days to finish harvesting.

The Ritzville farming community rose to the occasion for one of their own last weekend, in a big way.

On July 28, some 17 combines, as well as semis and bankout wagons, were put into action to help harvest the 1,200-acre wheat field of Larry Yockey, a fourth-generation farmer who earlier this year was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma-skin cancer.

Yockey was diagnosed in February of this year, and a scan showed that the cancer had spread to his bones. He has been on treatment since March and said that the cancer had been set back pretty good, which gave him hope that the damage would have re...

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