Swinkey farmer Floyd Buckman died in a car crash in late August. This week, his friends are bringing in the harvest he left behind. In fact, so many people showed up on his farm to help that there were more workers than actual work to be done. Four combines and a fleet of trucks are making quick work of the corn harvest. They'll be back in a few weeks when it's time for the soybeans to come out of the field.

"The Swinkey and Monroe City communities are just simply amazing; no one ever hesitates they just show up willing and ready to lend a helping hand to people in need," Floyd's daughter Jacki Buckman-Potterfield told me.

Have I ever told you how much I love Swinkey? Oh yeah, there was that story I wrote about it. Regular listeners to the Y101 morning show know that Jeff Dorsey and I find a way to work Swinkey in a conversation a couple times a week. Just a refresher, Swinkey is a little church community outside Monroe City. As I always say however, Swinkey is not so much a place on the map. Swinkey is a state of mind.

"We truly have an amazing thing here at Swinkey," Jacki said. "We may be small in numbers but we are an army when it comes to people in need."


Floyd was my neighbor growing up. He raised hogs, crops and a fantastic family. He had a passion for music. Many of you will know him from the band Black Tie, where Floyd was lead singer and lead guitar. They played to tens of thousands of fans over the years and even headlined for some major acts in Hannibal in the '80s including .38 Special, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Bad Company, and Molly Hatchet. The hundreds of us at his funeral had the privilege to hear his bandmates play one last song in his honor.

Rock on Floyd. Swinkey's got your back.

This rainbow formed in the heavens as farmers brought in the last of Floyd Buckman's corn crop. (Photo by Del Buckman)