A crack in the weather window last week finally let some of you get in the field. Take just a moment before you climb in bed at night or leave the breakfast table in the morning to circle June 16 and June 17 on your calendar. Those are the dates for the 2014 Indiana Farm Management Tour.
"This year's tour will be in Spencer and Dubois County," says Alan Miller, a Purdue University Extension ag economist and coordinator of the tour. "We've lined up some interesting farms and farm-related enterprises that each have their own lesson to tell. Everyone could benefit by hearing what these farm families have to say and seeing their operations."
The tour kicks off at Vogel Seed Farms, Inc. in Spencer County on June 16. The Vogels operate a large grain operation, a Pioneer seed business and a commercial cattle herd. Jeff Vogel and his brother-in-law Kyle Wilkerson and their two sons are the main work force for the farm.
A unique feature is that Jeff handles the retail seed sales business, treating a large volume of soybeans for customers who decide what treatment they want at the last minute, and handling a big share of the see in bulk. Kyle and his son, Alex, take care of the beef herd, and will explain how they have used embryo transfer to step up the quality of their herd.
The second stop in Spencer County will be at Paul Giles farm. A noted conservationist, you'll learn why he turned 100 acres back into restored wetlands, and even convinced some landowners whose ground he farmed to do the same.
He and his son, Clay, are also big proponents of tile drainage. Learn why they prefer to hire the tile installed rather than buy their own tile plow and do it themselves. They contracted to have more than 100 acres tiled this past year with 3-inch laterals running on 40-foot centers. Their job now is to get the field back in shape. They primarily no-till in their operation.
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