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Around the Farm – Harvest is Coming

September is always one of the more hectic times of the year here on our farm. We spend most of the month trying to get ready for harvest, which for us means repairing our combine, preparing the strip-till bar, ordering seed and fertilizer and getting the grain elevator cleaned out ...read more

Around the Farm – Back to School on the Farm

It’s that time of year when students go back to school to learn and prepare for their future. This time of year reminds me of all the schooling I have had, and has me wishing that more of that education involved agriculture. Everything I learned about agriculture I learned outside of the ...read more

Around the Farm – Crop Scouting & More

If you stop by our farm during the summer, you’re likely to find a flurry of different activities going on during any given day. We planted a little bit late this year due to the cool, wet weather so now we have to play catchup on a lot of the ...read more

Around the Farm – Barn Memories

One of my favorite things about my childhood is growing up on our family farm. I have so many sweet memories, some of which include our large red barn that was used to house our pigs. Growing up, my dad raised hogs from farrow-to-finish (from birth to market weight) and ...read more

Around the Farm – Planting into Soil Strips

Spring is my favorite time of the year. It’s the promise of another crop, the smell of rain on the soil, and the Cubs on the radio. It’s also one of the most hectic times of the year. We run two planters on our farm, a 16-row high-speed planter and a ...read more

Around the Farm – “I Remember When”

Most of the time you will see me “around the farm” with my dad, so I thought I would get his input on this month’s article. My dad has been farming forever and is a wealth of knowledge. This is especially true since farming has changed so much over his lifetime. ...read more

Around the Farm – Supply Shortages

It’s February, which means our farm is currently hauling corn to the ethanol plant in Rochelle, working on some of our equipment, finishing up the books for 2021 and putting the final touches on our crop plan for 2022. When we look back at 2021 it was a good, but challenging ...read more

Around the Farm – Meetings, Maintenance & More

Many people ask me, "What do farmers do during the winter?" While things slow down some, compared to harvest and other times of the year, there is still much to do! One thing that all farmers do in the winter is participate in meetings. This isn’t something I thought of before I ...read more

Around the Farm – Holiday Traditions

Farming is not just a 9 to 5 job. It is 365 days a year and can include long hours for most farmers. For my family, we are typically wrapping up our harvest field work for the fall and then I begin my winter business of selling pre-cut Christmas trees to ...read more

Around the Farm – Harvest Recap

I write this with a sigh of relief that the harvest season is over. I am always excited when it begins and just as excited when it ends. This year things went pretty well, although there always seem to be some challenges or breakdowns during harvest.For the 2021 harvest, our main ...read more