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Mike and Sheilah Reskovac are ending 2019 with their best corn yields ever.

Mike and Sheilah Reskovac, Bloggers

November 22, 2019

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Reskovacs new home is under construction
NEW YEAR, NEW HOME: The new year will bring the Reskovacs a new home and, for Mike Reskovac’s sake, a new sprayer. Photo courtesy of Mike and Sheilah Reskovac

Our 2019 crop year was one of the best ones we have ever had.

We had the best corn yields to date and the third best soybean crop. After having a bad year in 2018, we were thankful to have such a good year. 

Our soybean harvest went by quickly with next to no breakdowns, and we finished before the end of October.

Corn harvest dragged out a little longer than it should have between a couple minor repairs and a big crop that ran us short on storage space and lots of extra hauling, but we are not complaining. We had to sell more corn to make space for the remaining crop. A good problem to have.

Sheilah: Our family is finally getting ready to settle into our new house. We are really excited and have been anxiously waiting for this for a long time. 

The building process was stressful and seemed to never end, but our new house will be well worth the wait, and I for one am excited to make that house a home!

The boys (Mike included) will be able to farm all winter in their new basement and then come up for cookie breaks when I break in my new kitchen!

Mike: I can’t wait ’til the 2020 growing season. I have a couple new-to-us sprayers to look at.

Having a bigger sprayer will allow me to better care for the crops and will also give me a bonus of extra time.

And yes, I finally got the approval from Sheilah. I better look at them before she changes her mind!

Sheilah Reskovac stands in a partly-harvested corn field holding her son with the combine behind them
READY TO SETTLE IN: Sheilah Reskovac is ready for new adventures in 2020, including making her new house a home.

Last year we tried a few new things. The biggest thing was taking tissue samples on our crops. It turned out to be a great investment and we found out that our fields had the ability to produce more than I thought. Now that I know what the possibilities are, I am excited to try tissue sampling on some of our other fields next year.

Sheilah: It’s hard to say what all 2020 will bring. As Mike says, I definitely see more tissue sampling in our future.

Along with the new sprayer, I hope he knows I’ll be taking advantage of that “bonus” extra time he was talking about.

We pray that everyone has a prosperous, safe and happy 2020.

Mike and Sheilah Reskovac and their sons farm near Uniontown, Pa. Check out all of their "Two Hearts, One Harvest" blogs.

About the Author(s)

Mike and Sheilah Reskovac


Mike and Sheilah Reskovac are a young farming couple just starting their second year of marriage and farming together, near Uniontown, Pa. He's a first-gen farmer who met his fourth-gen farmer-bride online, and married in November 2012.

Mike grew up next to and working on his neighbor's Fayette County dairy farm through high school and college. After graduating from Penn State University in 2002 with a B.S. in Ag Systems Management, he worked as a manager at Tractor Supply stores for three years.

In 2005, he began farming his neighbor's land. Today, he and Sheilah farm 900 acres of corn and soybeans, plus do custom planting and harvesting.

Mike is president of the Pennsylvania Corn Growers Association. He also serves on the local Penn State Extension Board and is a Farm Service Agency county committee member.

Sheilah grew up on her family's Indiana County dairy farm. She graduated from DuBois Business College in 2008 with an associate's degree in Specialized Business and Medical Assistance, then worked for DuBois Regional Medical Center for four years. She also volunteered as a firefighter and EMT for the local fire company.

Since moving to Fayette County, Sheilah has been chief bookkeeper and farm assistant, along with taking classes at Penn State Fayette for Nursing. She enjoys “taking care of” groundhog problems, raking hay and mowing cornstalks.

While she enjoys cooking and baking, Mike enjoys eating the goods. Both enjoy hunting, attending concerts and county fairs, and spending time with family.

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