Photos by Chris Torres
STEADY HANDS: Gary and Cindy Grossnickle have grown the family dairy and are venturing into cash crops. They are steady hands in an area where farming is disappearing.
CARING FOR THE COWS: Gary breeds his cows for longevity and components with a focus on income over feed costs.
ALL RED: Drive up the long driveway to Grossnickle Farms and it’s clear: red rules. Gary purchased a new combine recently as he is shifting the farm’s focus from dairy to field crops.
FOCUS ON FIELD CROPS: Gary invested in a new Sukup grain storage storage and drying facility with enough room to store 180,000 bushels of corn or soybeans.
HIGH-TECH DRYING: The grain storage and drying facility is state-of-the-art. Everything is controlled in a separate building where with the touch of a button grain drying is started.
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE: The past two years Gary has bought a brand-new Case combine as well as a Geringhoff TruFlex Razor draper head for the grain operation.
MIXED HERD: Since taking over the business from Gary’s father in the mid-1980s, the farm has grown to 650 acres — an additional 700 acres of rented ground — 200 Holsteins, 75 Jerseys and 200 heifers. Milk is shipped through the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association.
MAKING THEIR MARK: While Gary handles most of the farm work, Cindy handles the financial side of the business. They have made their mark as not only good farm managers, but through the involvement in the agricultural community.