Until recently all of the crops grown was harvested for feed for our cattle operation. However, in the past few years we have been able to rent additional crop land and this has also allowed us to update our combine and corn planter in order to get crops planted and harvested in a more efficient and economical manner.

Whether we are working on our own land or on rented land our goal is always to conserve and protect the land to the best of our ability. In doing so we utilize the services of a certified crop consultant. He regularly takes soil samples, scouts fields for weeds and insects and also takes nutrient tissue samples. All of these cropping components have allowed us to only use chemicals and fertilizer on an as needed basis. Another important aspect of our conservation practices is our Nutrient Management Plan, which is used to monitor our application of poultry litter and beef manure.

We strive to utilize the most current technology with our field equipment. We utilize GPS guidance systems in our poultry litter truck, combine, tractors and GVM sprayer. Our GVM Prowler Sprayer has the ability to have a spray tank with 90-foot booms or that can be removed and a dry fertilizer body can be place on it. Since we have started gridding some of our farms we can use variable rate spraying and also use it in fertilizer applications. The spray booms have Pinpoint technology, which runs off of the GPS system to allow each nozzle to cut off independently as needed. In addition to this our JD 8270R tractor that is used to pull the JD 1790 12/23 row corn/soybean planter has row command, which helps minimize over planting at the end of the rows.

The majority of our crops are planted no-till and the rotation consists of the following:
  • 400 acres of Barley
  • 400 acres of Wheat
  • 1,000 acres of Soybeans
  • 800 acres of Corn
  • 100 acres of Grain Sorghum
  • Double Crop 100 acres of Corn behind barley
  • Double Crop 100 acres Sorghum behind wheat
  • The remaining 600 acres of small grain will be doubled cropped with soybeans

The small grain production is dual purpose in that it prevents soil erosion and it is a valuable feed source for the beef cattle.