Kurtis Kaser, 63, knew he had to act quick as his leg was getting pulled into the machine.
Kaser was alone and did not have his phone on him, so he said he felt like his only choice was to cut off his leg with his pocket knife.
With no cell phone and no one around, Kaser said he didn't know how long he'd be waiting for help, WTVD reported. "I knew I was done cutting because I felt a amusing feeling, maybe it was a tendon I cut". With his left leg stuck in the hopper, he chose to take matters into his own hands.
The ordeal last about five minutes, after which Kaser crawled 150-feet back to his house to call 911.
He said that while he was amputating his leg, he could feel the nerve endings in his leg "just ping every time I'd start sawing around that pipe", and that once his leg was free, he "got the heck out of there".
"He pretty much told me his goal was, 'I need to get home and get back to what I was doing before, ' and his main goal was farming", she recalled to KETV.
This isn't the first time Kaser has had a scare like this on the farm. "We're kind of used to this around here".
Kaser undergoes physical thearpy to get stronger after losing his leg. "I look at other people that were [at the hospital] and I still have most of my leg and hope to walk again soon", he adds to NBC News.
His wife said they are now adjusting to the new lifestyle and within time they know everything will be back to normal. He was released from a rehab center Friday, and now must wait for his leg to fully heal before he can be fitted for a prosthetic.