Purdue Farm Management Tour to visit Southwest Indiana farms

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

Purdue University Commercial Agriculture Center and Purdue Extension sponsor the tour, which includes stops at three farm and dairy farms in Posey and Vanderburgh counties. Farms are chosen based on successful business management practices or the unique perspective of farm managers on farm business management.

“The Purdue Farm Management Tour brings together some of Indiana’s top agricultural business leaders, making it a fantastic opportunity for farmers to learn from the experiences of others and discover new principles to apply on their own farms to to maximize innovation and success, ”said James Mintert, director of the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture.

Each visit includes an interview session where farmers provide an overview of their farms. Host farmers will also share effective farm management advice, discuss how their operations are managed in response to the agricultural economy and changing family circumstances, and share the reasons for their recent innovations in production practices and the adoption of new technologies.

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

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

12:30 p.m., July 8 – Koester Brothers Farms: Koester Brothers Farms is a multi-generation agricultural and dairy farm in Posey County founded by Ralph and Loretta Koester in the early 1950s. The farm was formally incorporated in 1993 and is now run by four brothers (Ray, Duane, Dale and James) who are ready to pass on the leadership of the farm to the next generation of the family. The farm’s dairy operation uses four robotic milkers, and the cultivation operation consists of white and yellow corn, corn silage, wrapped silage, soybeans, and GM and non-GMO wheat. They also plant cover crops on part of their cultivated area each year. Koester Brothers Farms prides itself on the diversity of its businesses to maximize profitability and hedge against risk.

July 9 at 8 a.m. – Kron Farms: Based in Vanderburgh County, Randy and Joyce Kron are first generation farmers who founded Kron Farms in 1983. They operate the farm with their son, Ben, who manages the day-to-day operations, and Steve Glacier, an employee of long time. Randy Kron has long been active in farm and community organizations and has served as President of the Indiana Farm Bureau since 2016. Kron Farms grows yellow corn and soybeans and focuses on adopting new technologies to increase productivity, reduce cost per bushel produced and improve operating margins. Ben competed at Kron Farms in the National Corn Growers Association Corn Yield Contest and in 2020 won the contest in the Strip, Minimum, Mulch, Ridge-Till Irrigated class. Using the knowledge gained from participating in the corn yield competition to improve profitability is one of the goals of Kron Farms.

1:30 p.m., July 9 – Fermes Seib: Mark and Wayne Seib provide senior management for Seib Farms, a multigenerational Posey County farm founded in 1898. Mark Seib has held various executive positions in the agricultural industry and is a member of the executive committee of the United Soybean Board. Seib Farms is implementing a comprehensive transition plan for the next generation of the family. The Seib family grows corn and soybeans and frequently use on-farm research trials to make technology adoption decisions. Seib Farms has cooperated with a variety of agri-food suppliers to conduct research on their farm for decades, which has enabled them to incorporate the knowledge gained directly into the farm operation. Recently, Seib Farms has started using cover crops to help sequester carbon on their farm.

Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Banquet

The Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Reception and Roundtable will be held on July 8 at 3:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Farm Management Tour to Honor 2021 Master Farmers. This year’s recipients will discuss Keys to Success at the during their long agricultural career. 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 long-standing tradition that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Hoosier agriculture and who have demonstrated success in farm efficiency, natural resource management, and community service. There is no charge to attend 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 communications: 765-494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Head of Department, [email protected]

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