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Hal and Ty Brown incorporated an older building and new dike to store fertilizer.

Tom Bechman 1

June 12, 2013

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The second stop on the Indiana Farm Management Tour on June 26 will be at Hal and Ty Brown's farm near Frankfort. The farm will also host the evening program and Master Farmer awards after the afternoon tour.

There are several features on this well-managed farm, including a new shop and tool storage area that also doubles as an office for their outside business, selling Dragoo corn heads. Another interesting twist is the dike system they have built for fertilizer storage. They opted for placing tanks inside a concrete dike.


The twist on this dike system, Ty Brown says, is that they also incorporated fertilizer storage inside an older hog barn which they remodeled. It is located relatively close to the dike structure. They removed the flooring, cleaned the pit, and use part of the barn for storage. They have even held meetings in the recessed floor building in the past, before they constructed their new building.

The hog barn also serves as a dike, Brown says. There are poly tanks that they placed inside the building. These tanks hold fertilizer. Two large pipes underground connect the tanks to the metering system located outside. This allows them to use the loading pad built outside the concrete dike to fill tanks in the hog barn or the outside tanks, he explains.

A computer controlled system allows them to pull fertilizer from the tanks in the barn, or from tanks in the dike.

The combination system allows them to use an existing structure, and have more fertilizer storage than they could have otherwise, Brown explains. Having adequate storage for liquid fertilizer allows them to make better input buying decisions, because they have the chance to buy liquid fertilizer when it is cheaper and take delivery.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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