What’s Happening at Smith Family Farms:

  1. October 2015

  2. -Harvest has come and gone.  We started picking corn on Aug. 31 which was the first time we ever have picked corn in August. We didn’t get a great start until September 10th and we didn’t stop until we finished everything on October 20th.  The weather was fantastic. We did not have to stop harvest any day this year due to inclement weather. 

  3. -We were very concerned about our yields this year due to the wet summer, but they ended up being better than expected. With all the rain we had in June and July, we thought that we had lost a good percentage of our crop. However when everything was finished, our yields were only about 10% down from our normal yield averages.

  4. -We have an incredible team on the farm that made this harvest go as smooth as it could have.  We had as many as 13 family members involved on a daily basis and that does not include the incredible cooks that provided meals for us every evening that we were working. We had one new face on the farm this fall in Andrew Brown. He did an excellent job catching on to the harvest flow! 

  5. July 2015

  6. -The rain continues to fall from June to July.  We had around 18 inches of rain in June and we have had almost 5 inches in July.  Honestly the rain in July isn’t hurting us as we haven’t had to start any irrigations yet.  Some of the Sandy ground we are applying Nitrogen through the irrigation to try to save some of the crop.  With heavy amounts of rain, we often have a hard time holding Nitrogen in sandy soils.

  7. -The 3rd week of July we have started cutting and pulling tassles for seed corn.  The corn is very uneven, causing the machine to operate at much slower speeds to be sure it pulls as many tassles as possible.

  8. -The new Plenish Grain facility is nearing it’s completion.  We could potentially see everything done in July except electrical work.  We are excited to see everything operate this fall.

  9. -Set of ATI tracks for a combine are added to our For Sale tab.  Please take a look if interested or know anybody that may be interested.

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  11. May 2015

  12. -We have been blessed here at Smith Family Farms this planting season.  Wrapped up commercial corn on May 2nd for the most part other than a couple of wet holes that we can’t get across.  As of this morning on 5/16 we have around 200 acres of beans to plant and still half of our seed corn acres to plant.

  13. -The rain was shut off in April and we are getting anywhere from .2-.8” of rain about every 4-5 days right now.  It appears next week that we will be able to get all of our first plantings in on seed corn and finish up with beans if the weather is the same as the forecast tells us.

  14. -The Plenish Bean project just finished with all the concrete necessary to start building bins, grain legs and constructing the pit.  This morning on the 16th the bin crew from Yagel grain is to start the project.  We are more than confident that it will be up and running for 2015 Harvest!

  15. -Side Dress season is upon us also, we have about 300-400 acres done and this year we are going to side dress about 1/3 of our corn acres.  The rest was done with pre-plant nitrogen.

  16. -Be sure to check out the photos on 2015 photo tab as there have been a lot of photos taken.  Also, if you are on social media please follow @SmithFamFarms.  This is the easiest way to update things throughout the week!

  17. April 2015

  18. -Planting season is upon us.  We tested the planters out on the 10th of April and really started planting corn on the 13th.

  19. -We should be about half done by May 1st and start planting beans shortly.

  20. -The two new High Speed planters are working great.  For comparison, last year with the original planter is was a big day to get 300 acres in and so far this year we have planted 400 acres pretty easily with the new planter. 

  21. -Our biggest challenge now is tillage in front of the planter.  We plant corn faster than we prep ground. 

  22. -We haven’t had much rain and if we don’t get much on the 25th we could put a real dent in our corn acres this upcoming week.

  23. -Pioneer is thinking we may plant a little bit of seed corn in the area around the 1st of May also. 

  24. -The Team here at Smith Family Farms has been exceptional thus far and we are grateful for the long hours and the hard work to get this planting season rolling.

  25. -Also, we have added Instagram to our social media buzz.  If you have an Instagram account you can follow @smithfamfarms to get photos daily of the operations around the farm.

  26. -On April 25th we have 38% of commercial corn complete 0% Beans complete and 0% Seed corn complete.  We feel like we are in a really good place with the good weather in the forcast we could honestly be done planting corn by the end of the week.  This would be ideal to focus on seed corn and beans the remainder of the season!

  27. -It’s really difficult for me to find time during the planting season to be in here and update the webpage, so please tune in on twitter and instagram for daily updates, photo’s, and videos. @SmithFamFarms twitter and instagram accounts.

  28. -Yagel Grain started installing the new pit and tower for the Smith Grain expansion on April 20th.  We are excited for the new Plenish Soybean system that will consist of a 300 bushel pit, 15,000 bushel an hour leg, and two 60’ diameter by 27 ring tall bins that hold 175,000 bushel for a total of 350,000 Plenish Storage.  I will try to keep adding photos throughout the process.

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Smith Family Farms has a rich agricultural heritage. Dale and Millie Smith have been farming for more than 55 years. Now working in partnership with their kids, Dave & Melana have been farming for 40 years and Kevin & Chris have been farming for 28 years.  Therefore, Smith Family Farms has over 100 years of farming experience taking care of your land with multiple people sharing their input on the best way to care for the land. Smiths produce corn, soybeans, seed corn, and a few vegetables.  Their desire is to see the Smith family farming legacy continued through their grandchildren and for generations to come.

Smith Family Farms is dedicated to providing high-quality products and services while keeping your farm safe and environmentally friendly. Our family has chosen farming as a way of life because we believe in the importance of raising our family in a farming environment that reinforces our work ethic and strong family values. We strive to model integrity, hard work and teamwork in all we do, and we gladly accept our responsibility to help feed and fuel the world.

Left: Last field of corn harvest for 2015 by the grain facility

Right:  Two is better than one as we tag team this field!