ONE of the best things about country living is the great sense of community spirit.
In small regional communities it almost becomes like a second family - you farm together, you play sport together and you socialise together.
And when there is a job to be done, the entire community gets involved to help out.
That was exactly the community spirit on show in Hyden this week as the Hyden Progress Association (HPA) got together to put in a community crop.
In what was virtually a last minute decision by the association, the group decided to crop 850 hectares, after it was revealed the land would not be leased for the 2013 growing season.
The land is owned by the Lovering family and the HPA decided to take it up.
"It was more an opportunity," HPA president and local farmer Paul Green said.
"Given that the land wasn't being farmed and it had the subsoil moisture there, the potential for a good crop was too good to miss and was better than letting it just sit there."
In one week, the HPA organised everything from spraying, cropping, fuel and fertiliser.
All with the help of the local community.
The fuel was donated by Caltex in Northam, Great Southern Fuel Supplies and Newdegate Stock and Trading, while the fertiliser was donated by G & B McSweeny and family.
The Hyden Karlgarin Football Club was contracted to sow 850ha of wheat and managed to organise a total of seven seeding rigs to get the job done.
Joint organiser Josh Whitwell said spraying had been done last week, to enable no delays with seeding.
"Logistically it would have been a bit tricky with all the booms going as well," Josh said.
It is the sixth year the HPA has put in a community crop but this one was unique in how quickly it was organised.
"It was just a matter of organising how to get it in," Josh said.
"It was a great example of how a Wheatbelt town can come through some tough seasons and still show strong community spirit."