A Harvest of Generations

November 17, 2023

Farm families keep the multigenerational tradition going

Most farms have generations of family members working side-by-side from the field to the machine shed to the farm office. We reflect on this special bond between local farm families during the harvest season.

  • 75% of family farms involve multiple generations.
  • 870 is the number of farmers in DeKalb County.
  • 96% of Illinois farms are family owned and farmed.
  • 1,545 acres is the average size of a farm in DeKalb County.
  • 88% of DeKalb County land is farmland.

At the completion of harvest, we take a pause and give thanks for a bountiful crop and our farm families.

Four generations: Gerry, Layla, Oliver, Doug, and Dan Hartmann, Maple Park
Brad Cessna and son Landon, Maple Park
Three generations: Dave Bend, Dane and Stetson Fleming, Shabbona
Jeff and Gene Lane, Kirkland
Carol Boesche and daughter Katie, DeKalb
Bob Jordal and grandson Lucas Bachert, DeKalb
Three generations: Jim, Walker and Matthew Wassmann, Waterman
Jeff Larson and grandson Rhett, Shabbona