How We Farm
Family and tradition run deep in the farming community. This tradition instills in the next generation a sense of pride in who you are and what you do. Carrying on the family farm brings with it a responsibility to the past and the future. A responsibility to do the best you can to leave the land in as good or better condition than when entrusted to your care.
For us this has meant a commitment to: family involvement, stewardship of natural resources, and the pursuit and implementation of technologies for increased machine and natural resource efficiencies. We invite you to follow us throughout the growing season by reading our blog. You will experience the events of a growing season, the different family members doing their part and learn about the various technologies used on our farm to produce a crop with the most efficient means available.
What’s Important to Us
On Farm Research
What We Grow
We grow both conventional and genetically modified (GMO) corn varieties on dry-land and irrigated acres. The majority of the conventional varieties grown on our farm are in specialty programs. These programs can include an audit process, conducted by a third party, to verify production practices meet end users sustainability standards. The GMO varieties are sold out on the open market to elevators in the surrounding area. The factors involved in the decision to plant conventional or GMO varieties are varied. Economic, environmental and logistical components all have to be considered within a holistic view of the farming operation.
Wheat made its reappearance on our farm in 2012. Not since the 1970’s has it been included in our rotation. It plays a unique role in our farming operation by providing a biological means of integrated pest and disease management. By expanding our crop rotation with wheat we break up disease and pest cycles of a traditional corn soybean rotation and produce extra revenue with the wheat straw. It’s planted in the fall providing a ground cover above the soil surface and root structure below the surface to hold soil and nutrients over winter. It is harvested in early July allowing us to double crop the acres with a second planting of Sorghum-Sudangrass following the baling of the wheat straw. The use of the multiple crop species and their root systems add beneficial diversity to the soil profile. The flour produced from the grain is used for a wide variety of products ranging from food products, ethanol and products like card board.
Soybeans, along with corn, are a major component of our cropping rotation. And like corn, we grow both conventional and genetically modified varieties. Conventional varieties are food grade and are part of specialty product programs. These programs have quality standards that must be met. For example the size of the soybeans, nutrient levels, percent of splits and cracks. Specialty soybeans are sold to predetermined locations. The GMO varieties are sold on the open market to elevators in the surrounding area. Nebraska is the fifth largest soybean producing state with more than 245 million bushels grown annually.
The Forage crop consist of small square straw bales and large round straw, Sorghum-Sudangrass and corn stover bales. The straw is sold for livestock bedding and roughage in rations, bedding at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha Nebraska and landscape and gardening cover around the area. Sorghum-Sudan bales sell for high protein content cattle hay. The corn stover bales are harvested in a sustainable manner to be used in the development of cellulosic biofuels by Pellet Technology USA. See more here.
Partners & Consultants
Conservis is about offering data management services that will result in more accurate and up to date business production data that supports you making better decisions. Our service is called Ag21, currently provide as two modules- Harvest and Inputs. We track on-the-ground activities using Smartphones/PADs/Tablets in the field as they happen and upload this information to a secure website so it can be viewed anywhere in the world within minutes of when it occurred, from inputs to harvest, from inventories to delivery. Use that insight anywhere you make decisions. Manage, update, plan and analyze. All in one simple spot. It all comes together as part of a hands-on service that includes remote and on-site training along with dedicated support people who work when you work.
We are happy to have the Knuth family as one of our leading edge customers. It is folks like them who help us to shape our services and provide more and more value in the process to the market.–Conservis Corporation
Kimberely Ag Consulting, President
As a producer for 37 years, Kevin owned, operated and managed up to 3500 acres. As an equipment tester, Kevin spent 15 years working for companies such as Case IH and John Deere. Kevin’s research activities have included side-by-side equipment studies on various soil types, utilizing a variety of attachments.
Kevin has been dubbed “The Planter Doctor” because he has the knowledge, technique and skill to take virtually any planter and make it better. He is constantly striving to get the best plantability from every meter. Every season he collects, cleans, repairs and calibrates corn meters for his customers. Kevin utilizes his 30 plus years of experience to continually resolve planter and plantability issues along the way.
Central Iowa Agronomics, President
Bob Streit was raised near Osage, Iowa and now lives west of Ames. He graduated with degrees in Plant Pathology, Pest Management, and Agronomy. Bob worked with irrigated crops as a scout with Servi-Tech, Inc., in western Kansas, for four years after college.
He moved back to Iowa to work with a group of co-ops to set up their agronomy programs, then moved on to DeKalb Genetics where he worked as a tech service agronomist.
After 20 years with DeKalb and the Cargill/Mycogen groups, he graduated to private consulting. He works with producers in setting up their cropping programs and formulating their fertility and pest management programs. In the past five years, he has been working with other researchers and top high yielders to understand what creates high yields.
Since 2003, he has been traveling to South America to work with their scientists, crop specialists, and producers to learn their cropping systems and find out what they apply to the U.S. acres.
With his consulting service he provides on farm visits during the winter, field scouting during the summer, weekly newsletters and regular in-season e-mail updates.
Latta Harris Hanon & Penningroth L.L.P.
John joined Latta Harris Hanon & Penningroth, LLP in 2001. He works primarily in the following agricultural areas, managerial accounting, planning and projections and management information systems. John has 27 years of experience with agricultural management information systems being involved with system development, sales, training and support. John has served seven years on the board of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and was involved with the development of financial standards for the pork industry. He was the President of the National Pork Producers Council in 1999 and 2000.
John has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business from Iowa State University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. John is an Iowa Master Pork Producer, and he received the first Brian Y. Davidson Fellowship from Harvard Business School in 1995.
AB Productions, President and Co-Founder
Founded in 2006, AB Productions is on the cutting edge of media technology and marketing solutions for small business and organizations.
Jake earned a bachelors degree in Advertising from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Along with his achievements in marketing he and AB Productions have also produced multiple successful and award winning independent films.