KETV reports that 63-year-old Kurt Kaser, of Pender, was unloading corn last month when he accidentally stepped on the opening of the hopper and his leg was sucked inside by a device created to deposit grain in a bin.
Kurt Kaser, 63, was moving grain from one silo to another when he was pulled into an auger - a tube with an interior shaped like a screw.
"I had my pocket knife in my pocket".
He said he didn't know how long he would be able to keep consciousness and he didn't have a phone on him.
The farm where Kaser was working spans 1,500 acres, and he had been working alone that day, making it futile to call for help.
"I can remember seeing it start and I go, 'This ain't good, '" Kaser said.
"I was in a hurry and didn't pay attention", he said, hoping his story can serve as a warning to other farmers.
After he tried to free himself but couldn't, Kaser decided the only way out was by losing a limb.
"When I was cutting it, the nerve endings, I could feel, like, the ping every time I sawed around that pipe, and all at once it went and it let me go and I got the heck out of there", he told KETV. "That's what I was hanging onto as I was trying to get myself out". "I felt it jerk me again and I thought it would grab me and pull me further".
After a week in the hospital and another two weeks recovering at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, he was released Friday. "You want to survive and you do what you need to do to survive, I guess".
Kaser then crawled about 150 feet to the nearest phone in order to call for help. Once his leg is finished healing, he'll be fitted for a prosthetic and Kaser told CNN affiliate KETV that he'll be back to farming in no time.