What’s Happening at Smith Family Farms:

  1. May 2015

  2. -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.

  3. -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.

  4. -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!

  5. -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.

  6. -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!

  7. April 2015

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

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

  10. -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. 

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

  12. -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.

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

  14. -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.

  15. -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.

  16. -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!

  17. -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.

  18. -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.

  19. February 1, 2015

  20. -Been a good last two months around here, fairly decent weather to move corn and get some work done outside.

  21. -We have finished the new building and wash bay for equipment.

  22. -Smith Grain will be expanding this summer for the Plenish Soybean program.  We will be adding 300,000 bushels of storage and a new grain leg to speed up the dumping process for customers.  If you are interested in growing Plenish Soybeans, please contact your local Pioneer Rep.

  23. -We are getting close to getting the new high speed John Deere ExactEmerge planters.  Once we get the planters we will have a lot of prep work to get done before Spring Planting.  We will be installing Dawn components to ensure we are getting the seed right where it should be while traveling at high speeds.

  24. -Landon has had shoulder surgery on his left arm and will have a long road of recovery.  We hope to have him back and healthy again for spring season.

  25. -We couldn’t be happier with the guys that are working here.  Great work ethic, thorough in the jobs they do, and share our vision for taking care of the land that we farm.

  26. -Doing a little bit of brush clean up around some farms, making sure the tree limbs aren’t sticking out in the field to scratch up the equipment.

  27. December 1, 2014

  28. -With harvest all wrapped up and winter quickly approaching, we are trying to get in some fall tillage while we can.  We haven’t had too many days available to do tillage due to the late harvest and wet conditions.

  29. -As many of you are aware we had a challenging harvest due to the inclement weather, but we never back down from a challenge and even had some help getting across some wet ground to finish out the year. 

  30. -The tracks we purchased for the combine this year did a great job, but they weren’t much better in the muck.  Muck needs flotation and the tracks didn’t provide enough for that.  We do believe that they were a significant plus that reduced compaction throughout this wet harvest.  Some of the field were a bit wet while we harvested, but we couldn’t wait any longer to harvest them.  Nobody wants to harvest in the snow!!

  31. -There has been a lot of buzz about our video from this years harvest, and I must credit Landon Smith for his video editing and piloting of the drone to get such great shots!  Landon is actually selling drones, so if you know of anyone that has interest in them, he would greatly appreciate any recommendations. 574-532-5819 or visit www.midwest-uav.com.  If you haven’t seen the videos just click on the video’s tab to take a look.

  32. -The new machinery shed is getting closer to completion.  It will have a wash bay in it, to allow us to keep equipment and semi’s clean throughout the winter. 

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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.