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What Kind of Farm Do You Have?
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AJZ    Posted 07-23-2001 at 14:28:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am just curious. I cuurently opperate a 1000+ acre grain farm including organic corn,soybeans,and wheat. I am also looking at possibley going into sunflowers.

Whitepark    Posted 07-25-2001 at 17:56:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
80 acres, This year in summer fallow and wheat, along with about 10 acres of pasture for the 5 horses, 12 sheep, 4 beef and two dairy cows, 20 chickens, 6 turkeys, 5 goats,bees, orchard and garden.

Joe family    Posted 08-06-2001 at 05:02:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Small New England farm,corn,tomatoes,American black walnuts,English walnuts,apples,plums,cherries,squash,mulberries,peppers,gourds,snap beans,hybrid/grafted American chestnuts (not Chinese),other veggies.

Bama Red    Posted 07-25-2001 at 07:24:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Punch below for a link to my homepage (currently under construction, as I don't understand all I know about computers!). We have 40 acres with about 10-12 acres cleared and used as pasture for calves. We harvested some hardwoods off the other thirty this summer and will start clearing some more of the land next year when I retire from my day job and move to the farm full-time.

Murphy    Posted 07-25-2001 at 14:20:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with Dave2N. That's a very nice looking place. I wish we had half of the trees and hills. Congrats on the pending retirement!

Bama Red    Posted 07-25-2001 at 17:44:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks, Murphy!

farmerjoe and family    Posted 08-06-2001 at 05:16:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A small 'peek'at our farm/homestead.

Dave 2N    Posted 07-25-2001 at 08:03:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Bama-
I like your web site; great pictures and a beautiful place to live.

Bama Red    Posted 07-25-2001 at 08:12:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks, Dave! We really enjoy it - we'll be up there this weekend until about noon Monday. Just eleven more months till retirement and we'll be there full-time (can't wait).

Dave 2N    Posted 07-25-2001 at 05:30:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
55 side hill acres, with house and barn. We built both ourselves in 1973. 15 acres of it is woods, the rest is pasture that I hog for 4 Quarter Horses, used to make hay but no more. Small garden, LOTS of flowers (my wife's doing and she's a master flower garderner), old tractors starting to push the horses out of the barn. Our "farm" doesn't make us a cent except for the enjoyment we receive. And, in one more year it will be all ours! You are all invited to a mortgage burning party in 2002.

Have a nice day, all.

Dave 2N    Posted 07-25-2001 at 05:30:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
55 side hill acres, with house and barn. We built both ourselves in 1973. 15 acres of it is woods, the rest is pasture that I hog for 4 Quarter Horses, used to make hay but no more. Small garden, LOTS of flowers (my wife's doing and she's a master flower garderner), old tractors starting to push the horses out of the barn. Our "farm" doesn't make us a cent except for the enjoyment we receive. And, in one more year it will be all ours! You are all invited to a mortgage burning party in 2002.

Have a nice day, all.

Salmoneye    Posted 07-24-2001 at 14:22:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]

But, I am in the process of starting up a sugaring operation that will sustain itself and maybe make a bit of profit...

Farmer-Gene    Posted 07-24-2001 at 12:54:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
We got a small dairy farm 70 head of cattle, milk 40 holsteins, got about 100 acres under the plow,rest is pasture and wooded, plant alfalfa,corn,peas&oats and oats and have lots of rock to pick before we do any planting. Would post some pictures if anyone would show me how,computers are kinda new to me,when I went to school elect.typewriters and calculators were in, computers were just talked about.

Tom    Posted 07-25-2001 at 05:22:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Gene: gosh, you must be a young 'un...when I went to school, the typewriters were manual and calculators were talked about! Started engineering on a slide rule. :-)>>

I envy your farm: sounds great.

Murphy    Posted 07-24-2001 at 08:23:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've got 9 acres, 22 chickens (primarily layers), a herb garden and big veggie garden, two sweet corn patches and wild black berries in the woods area. 70% is rolling pasture and 30% is in a wash area covered mostly with willow, cotton wood and mullberry trees. We'll be experimenting with a couple of goats/calves/horses through the next few years as the kids run their course through 4H. Future plans include a barn/machine shed to house her critters and my toys and possibly a pond. Timing all depends on whether or not I can convince my neighbor next door to sell me the 10 acres directly behind me.

big fred    Posted 07-24-2001 at 06:51:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 5 acres, mostly woods, that I am slowly, almost painfully slowly clearing to let in some light. I plan on putting in some fruit trees, mostly apple, pear, peach and cherry, and a garden and if I can find someone reliable to take care of animals when we are both away, perhaps a bit of livestock, chickens, a hog or two, maybe a Sasquatch.

Tom A    Posted 07-24-2001 at 04:42:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I call it my farm with training wheels...retired Army, always wanted to learn to farm but figured I'd better start small.

Have 19 mostly hilly acres, part of an old dairy farm, with the original house and barn (about 100 years old). Have a dozen goats, two sheep, 30 chickens (for eggs), lots of honeybees, and have been learning to make hay over the past year or so. Have been planting a small apple orchard, and raspberries and grapes over the last couple of years. Selling honey, eggs, and hay in small quantities, and working a day job to pay for the losses.

Enjoying life and thanking God every day.


steve    Posted 07-24-2001 at 03:48:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We raise tobacco dark air cured and burley tobacco. Corn and raise beef cattle,on our farm in western ky. I now work off the farm as well.

LazyHorse    Posted 07-23-2001 at 22:02:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
We live on a 2 acre tract that is mostly covered in old hardwoods. We also have a 20 acre hobby farm about a mile from the house where we raise horse, donkeys, mule, cow, Llama, and numerous turkeys, chickens, and ducks. The only crop we harvest besides the garden is grass hay & alfalfa mix.

Clint    Posted 07-23-2001 at 19:13:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We own 80 acres 22 acres of it is in corn, 14 acres is in native grass. The rest we hay. Our barn is 50'X 80', 2 car garage, and average sized house. Hope to get a horse when we get all the fence built.

Denise    Posted 07-23-2001 at 18:55:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
WOW! that's alot of acreage, depends on where you live I guess...
what state?
we are 4.5 acres western NC, in the mountains. Mostly forest but cleared here and there, in the past alot of cabbage farmers, now mainly Xmas trees where they can tuck them in. We have about 85 twenty plus year old black walnuts, and hundreds of overgrown frasier firs that have been trimmed for potpourri prior to our purchase. We are using the pine poles felled last year as parts of the railing in our log cabin but otherwise currently even the tomotoes are non-productive.
What would you do with sunflowers as a crop?
take care.
Lee and Dee

AJZ    Posted 07-23-2001 at 19:03:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Im in ohio. Sunflowers are mainly grown for there oil. It is relatively low fat and is used for cooking. That is on the average farm if you can contract with major snack companies you can actually grow them for eating. around here 1000 acres is about what you can make a profitable living on if all you do is farm.

Monica Duncan    Posted 07-23-2001 at 18:40:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Denise    Posted 07-23-2001 at 19:07:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
very nice web page. Are these cows part of your current herd? (last update listed was 98) Have you marketed your cows from this page?, very interesting!; farming in the 21st century?
too cool!
tell me more.
take care,
Lee and Dee

Monica Duncan    Posted 07-26-2001 at 12:47:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, you are right, the website is way overdue for updating. The trouble is that I need a more advanced computer now than my P133 to do a fancier website, with "flash", etc. But, I have been putting it off and besides, the numbers are still about the same. We have more nice cows now and I really should put them on. Yes, we are in the 21st century but still put our cows outside to pasture in the summer ("modern" cows are kept inside year round but we feel they are happier outside). We were also one of the first farms in North America to have "matresses" in the cow stalls. They look like tubed air mattresses with shredded rubber inside. Very comfy. So even when they are inside they are happy! Comfortable, clean and happy cows live longer and produce more milk. We are also fully computerized...all herd health records, milk/fat/protein production records, reproduction records, milk quality records, feed balancing and of course the bookkeeping and all financial statements (my job). If you want to see a "real" 21st century dairy farm, visit one with a milking robot. That is really something to see. I thought it was a joke until I saw one working. Very efficient, 24 hours a day, whenever a cow feels like being milked she stands in line to get milked!

Spence    Posted 07-23-2001 at 16:57:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I acre with buildings, house shop and next to add, a nice hay barn in dutch style with the bottom level in 1/2 greenhouse and the the other 1/2 chickens and pigs. Size about 22 X 24 small.
The remainder of my property is 4 acres of the best sandy loam facing south land you've ever seen, pure organic and no roundup.
Gonna plant grain feed for poultry and pigs and might try a steer for the freezer one day.

Dreamweaver    Posted 07-23-2001 at 16:43:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I farm a massive 1/2 acres of vegetables, followed by a refridgerator box full of fishing worms. It's a though job, but somebody's got to do it, heehee.........

Larry    Posted 07-23-2001 at 15:33:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I'm just a hobby farmer too.Well,hobby farm is a poor choice of words. When you say it like that it implies that I have money to waste. I like to think that this is a utility farm,and when things go bad I'll add a "f" in front of the utility.

Crank    Posted 07-23-2001 at 16:51:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Larry, how far are you from Dodgeville. I spent my last year in the military stationed there. I retired in 1999. Very nice area.

Larry    Posted 07-24-2001 at 19:02:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hey Crank,
Sorry it took so long to answer your post. I'm not too far from Dodgeville.I live near the "First State Capital". Remember where that is?

F14...Just a question of definition    Posted 07-23-2001 at 15:49:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Hobby Farm" that is. I don't make any money at it. I sell enough lambs to cover the cost of raising and butchering, so the one's that go in my freezer are "free". I break about even selling eggs, and eat the cost of feeding the chickens and turkeys. But then, I eat the chickens and turkeys too, so I guess that's fair ":^)

Nice site, and good looking farm too. Judging by the pictures, I'd say your operation goes a ways beyond the "hobby" stage. Nice to see things being done the old-fashioned way, like we did on Dad's place in the 50's and 60's. Darn few people plow or cultivate any more.

F14...Don't laugh now...    Posted 07-23-2001 at 15:13:45       [Reply]  [No Email]

4 acres of sheep pasture, 15 sheep, 50 chickens for meat, 35 chickens for eggs, and a dozen turkeys.

I'm in the final stages of building a barn to keep my toys and hay in. Darn good thing I got a day job to pay for my hobby...

Dave in Mo    Posted 07-24-2001 at 04:14:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That's a mighty fine structure. What about a hoist for that upper story? Where's that gunna be?

F14    Posted 07-24-2001 at 05:07:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gonna run a 4x6 out the peak over the hay door with an eye for a block and tackle. I'll tie it into 4 or 5 rafters on the inside.

Already about ruined myself getting the hay conveyor set up with a single pulley.

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