Smith Family Farms has a rich agricultural heritage. Dale and Millie Smith have been farming for more than 50 years. Now working in partnership with their kids, Dave & Melana have been farming for 34 years and Kevin & Chris have been farming for 22 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.

What’s Happening at Smith Family Farms:

  1. Week of June 9, 2014

  2. -It’s been a wonderful spring thus far.  We finished planting commercial corn around May 10th, beans on May 31, and Seed corn on May 31.  Corn is growing quickly and looking great!  We sprayed just shy of 2000 acres of corn yesterday to beat the overnight rain of .3”

  3. -Rains have been very timely and haven’t caused much ponding.  We had 5” in May in which two rain events totaled 3”.  June has a total of 2.3”

  4. -Corn is off to one of the greatest starts we have seen in a long time.  Though we are a long way from this crop being made, we are really pleased with our stands and believe we have more potential than we have ever had.

  5. -Nitrogen side dress application is 200 acres from being done.  We have to wait a couple more days for the seed corn to get a bit more growth.

  6. Week of May 12, 2014

  7. -Commercial Corn is done, Soybeans are 50% and Seed Corn is 40% complete.  We had a really nice start to 2014 planting season!  We started planting on April 20 with one of the 24 row 1770 Planters and by the 22nd we had the 36 row planting.  We didn’t get the other 24 row planter running until the 24th.  Virtually didn’t have anything slow us down until this week. 

  8. -We had an opportunity to run the ExactEmerge planter from John Deere that allows you to plant at 10mph and it really does do a very nice job at these speeds if the field has a nice seed bed.  You will find one of the video’s above that shows how accurate the planter is at 9 and 10mph.

  9. -We are also very thankful for the weather that we have had, we did have quite a few irrigation systems running last week and were starting to make the rounds.  Monday we had 1.56” and we accumulated another half inch in the last 24 hrs.

  10. -According to our scout we have well emerged corn and we are very excited about the start this corn crop has! 

  11. -Bean planting didn’t get started until May 1.  Matt Fulmer plants all of our beans and has half of them in.  Shouldn’t take another week before we get them wrapped up, but ground is wet again!  It may be a week before he can get back in the fields.

  1. Week of March 31, 2014

  2. -We had a beautiful day monday with a high of 64 degrees.  We have 2 of our 3 aqua bars ready to hit the field and still waiting on one to show up.

  3. -We are continuing to try to be safer here at the farm and have ordered a John Deere Pitstop Pro on our one anhydrous bar.  As you can see above, the connection between the anhydrous tank and the bar will be automated.  We don’t want anyone to have to handle anhydrous more than needed.

  4. -Pioneer had a meeting Monday night with Mike Hoffman from WNDU as a guest speaker and he is forecasting a 2-3 inch rain on Wednesday.  We probably wont put any nitrogen on before that, so it may be mid next week before we get to try it.

  5. -We hope to be in the field next week, please check back for updates as we near another opportunity to grow another crop!

  1. Week of March 24, 2014

  2. -It’s been awhile since I have updated whats been happening here at Smith Family Farms, but we haven’t been able to do much outside of hauling corn and prepping equipment for the Spring push.  The ground is still frozen and it doesn’t appear that we will be in the field for a couple weeks yet.  I say that, but I’ve been wrong before.

  3. -Tomorrow is Dave’s Birthday, so Happy Birthday to Dad. 

  4. -From the picture above you will notice an unfamiliar face.  His name is Hu Shi and we had the pleasure of having him on our farm for three days last week.  Hu is studying to get his P.H.D in Agriculture Biological Engineering.  He comes from China, so on Purdue’s spring break he decided to visit a farm for a few days.  Thank you to the Purdue Extension Office of Dave Kepler for arranging.  Hu also had the opportunity to go through the Poet ethanol plant in North Manchester while he stayed here.  We were pleased to have him here on our farm and look forward to him coming back during the spring to see Smith Family Farms operating in full swing.

  5. -Last year we started applying aqua on April 1, so we still have some time before that date.

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Check out Video page to see this planter running