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Farm Newsletter #2 Post – What’s Growing!

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We normally send out our newsletter by August 1st. All our landlords receive a newsletter, annual calendar, and are invited to our annual landlord appreciation dinner each year! We take a few different times per year to make contact with them so they know we value them.

We wanted to make sure that we included our fall crops in the newsletter this year.  They don’t usually get as much mention as wheat does.  That is probably because we are just coming off of wheat harvest and are still in the excitement of that, plus I normally take many more pictures of wheat harvest than fall crop harvests! Fall harvest is spread out a few different months with three different crops being grown!

We hope you enjoy seeing what we have planted this year and how we communicated that to our landowners!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Julie & Milton

Fall Crops corn milo soybeans

ACRES PLANTED

Corn : 331            Milo : 123.5                Soybeans: 327.5          Double crop Soybeans: 305

We currently have 203 acres that are irrigated crops and the rest is non-irrigated. The flood irrigation system is more work than the center pivot irrigation system. Milton has to open and close the “gates” of the flood irrigation pipe at various times each day. He normally makes two trips out. The gates allow the water to flow to the rows like in the picture shown above. The pipe has to be laid out after the crop has grown some then picked back up before the harvest this fall. We can not open all the gates at the same time, so he has to keep track of where he started and stopped. This year these three got to lay the pipe out, Julie was at work at her “town job.” She was really disappointed not to help… NOT! 🙂 Paige drove the mule as she has a broken arm but still able to help out on the farm! Come fall the crops currently growing will be harvested. The harvest will span from August – October probably. Beginning with corn and ending with milo in late October. It’s not a rush situation as wheat harvest is in a span of a few days but spread out over a few months due to the varying crops.


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Farm Newsletters

newsletter 2018We normally try to send out at least one newsletter per year to all of our landlords.  I enjoy making them up and from the feedback we have received they like them too!  This year I wanted to share in a few posts what we included with our blog readers.

Today you will read the first “article” I included on the front page of the newsletter.  We were inspired to share with our landlords how us, the farmers feel about our relationships with each of them.  As with any relationship communication is essential in building and retaining said relationships.

FARM LEGACY & RELATIONSHIPS 

We are lucky enough to have a variety of landlords that trust us to care for their land. Their legacy. We’d like to begin by saying THANK YOU!

Some of you grew up farming the land we now tend to. Others inherited from past generations. Whether you are familiar with the “ag-life” or aren’t at all, farming practices have changed and our operation probably doesn’t look like it used to or even the neighbor’s operation down the road.

That’s where communication is essential. We feel communication is key in any relationship but very important in the ones we hold with all of you. That is why we encourage you and hope you feel comfortable with visiting with us about agriculture and our operation. You are always welcome to actually come to the farm as well as call, email or text us.

Of course it’s a business arrangement but we hold our relationships with each of you on a high level. We have a connection with you and your legacy because we are able to serve you. We know that it’s not just about the all mighty dollar but also the chance to continue a legacy for both you and our family. It’s an honor to farm your ground and raise crops that feed the world at the same time.

Some of the land that we now farm, Milton’s father, Richard farmed for many years before us. Sitting around the dinner table at the last Landlord Appreciation dinner and listening to the stories of days gone by made us realize just how special the opportunity that lies before us really is.

Carrying on a farm legacy, generation after generation, can come in many forms. For example us, the farmer, planting the seed, tending to the crop, and harvesting it is one way. The other way is for your family to continue to invest in the asset that was given to you by generations before. This being done by allowing someone you trust to farm the ground. We do not take the trust you have given us for granted. We know that there are many farmers in the area/world that could farm the ground.

Building relationships and sustaining those relationships is something that we plan to work even harder at in the coming years. Whether it be via a chat at church on Sunday, hello at the grocery store, this annual newsletter or calendar showing us in action, or our favorite – dinner around our farm house table. We want you to know we see you as more than our landlord, more than who we write checks to each year. We see you as part of our family farm. Growing our legacy while keeping your legacy alive! That’s something we can both be proud of.

“ A farm is more than land and crops. It is a family’s HERITAGE and FUTURE.”

 

I hope you enjoy this post and feel encouraged to share it on your social media page.  Inspiring others to build relationships and sharing what farm life is about!  I highly encourage those of you that are farmers to consider doing a newsletter or annual calendar or even host a barbque for your landowners.  It’s been a joy for us to do these things!

Check back or follow our social media pages to see upcoming posts from our newsletter!

Thanks for stopping by!

Julie & Milton