Purdue Farm Administration Tour to go to farms in Southwest Indiana

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Learn about innovative farm management strategies, new technologies to improve efficiency and productivity, ways to ensure a successful transition of your farm to the next generation, and more on the annual Purdue Farm Management Tour, July 8-9.

Purdue University’s Commercial Agriculture Center and Purdue Extension is sponsoring the tour, which includes stops at three grain and dairy farms in Posey and Vanderburgh counties. Farms are selected based on successful farm management practices or the farm managers’ unique perspective on farm management.

“The Purdue Farm Management Tour brings together some of Indiana’s finest farm business managers and is a fantastic opportunity for farmers to learn from others’ experiences and discover new principles that they can apply on their own farms to maximize innovation and success.” said James Mintert, director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.

Each tour includes an interview session in which the farm operators give an overview of their farms. Host farmers will also provide tips on how to manage their farms successfully, discuss how the management of their farms is changing in response to the agricultural economy and evolving family circumstances, and share the reasons for their recent innovations in production processes and the introduction of new technologies.

The tour is free and open to the public; however, registration is required at purdue.ag/farmtour or by calling 765-494-7004.

Tour Schedule – All times are listed in Central Daylight Time (CDT)

12:30 p.m. July 8 – Koester Brothers Farms: Koester Brothers Farms is a multigenerational grain and dairy farm in Posey County founded by Ralph and Loretta Koester in the early 1950s. The farm was officially established in 1993 and is now run by four brothers (Ray, Duane, Dale and James) who are ready to hand over the running of the farm to the next generation of the family. The farm’s dairy operation uses four milking robots, and the growing operation consists of white and yellow corn, corn silage, haylage, both GMO and non-GMO soybeans and wheat. They also plant catch crops on part of their acreage every year. Koester Brothers Farms prides itself on the diversity of its businesses to maximize profitability and protect against risk.

8:00 a.m., July 9th – Kron Farms: Randy and Joyce Kron, based in Vanderburgh County, are first generation farm operators and founded Kron Farms in 1983. They run the farm together with their son Ben, who runs the day-to-day business, and long-time employee Steve Glacier. Randy Kron has long served in agricultural and community organizations and has been President of the Indiana Farm Bureau since 2016. Kron Farms grows yellow corn and soybeans and focuses on introducing new technologies to increase productivity, lower the cost per bushel produced and improve operating margins. Ben competed in the National Corn Growers Association’s Corn Yield Contest at Kron Farms and was a 2020 contest winner in the Strip, Minimum, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated class. Using the knowledge gained by participating in the corn yield competition to improve profitability is one of the goals of Kron Farms.

1.30pm, July 9th – Seib Farms: Mark and Wayne Seib are the senior directors of Seib Farms, a Posey County multigenerational farm established in 1898. Mark Seib has held various leadership positions in agriculture and is a member of the Executive Committee of the United Soybean Board. Seib Farms is in the process of implementing a comprehensive transition plan for the next generation of the family. The Seib family grow corn and soybeans and are frequent users of farm research to make decisions about technology adoption. Seib Farms has been cooperating with a large number of agribusiness suppliers for decades in order to conduct research on their farms, which enables them to incorporate the knowledge gained directly into the agricultural operation. Recently, Seib Farms began using cover crops to aid in sequestering carbon on their farm.

Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Banquet

The Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Reception and Panel Discussion will be held on July 8th at 3:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Farm Management Tour in honor of Master Farmers 2021. This year’s winners will discuss the success factors of their long career in agriculture. The reception will be held at the New Harmony Inn Resort & Conference Center, 504 North Street, New Harmony, Indiana. The Master Farmer Program is a longstanding tradition honoring individuals who have made great contributions to Hoosier farming and who have demonstrated success in agricultural efficiency, natural resource management, and community service. Participation is free and everyone is welcome.

Writer: Torrie Sheridan, 765-496-6032, [email protected]

Media contact: Sarah Zahn, 765-494-7004, [email protected]

Source: James Mintert, 765-494-7004, [email protected]

Agricultural communication: 765-494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Head of Department, [email protected]

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