As usual my blogs are a long time apart. A comment from a friend yesterday made me realize that people do look at this from time to time so as he stated maybe I should update from time to time.
Seems that in our world of farming every year it is a new experience. I am 65 years old and I learn things that I would like to do different for the next growing season ever year, despite doing this since I was old enough to work.
I would like to talk about the things that always remains the same for me first of all. The love of God ,and taking care of the land that he created for us to maintain while we are on this earth, despite the up and downs and the trials of farming, my love for the job remains strong. There is something about the feel of earth in your hand as you dig in the earth to check the planting depth of your seed in the spring, knowing that in just a few months that we will be reaping what we have sowed.
We lost my mother this past March, leaving a hole that cannot be filled, except with fond memories of a life well lived of 93 years. So fortunate growing up in a house full of love with a Mom and Dad that taught us the values of how to live our lives.
Our family remains strong with our sons farming with us and the grandkids at the farm a lot and riding in equipment. Our oldest Eli drives equipment quite a bit now when he has time from school and sports. He did not get to drive much this fall because of breaking his collarbone in football, but he has healed back up now.
We had a good corn crop this year, not quite as good as last year because mainly too much rain on our Indiana land the first week of June, it was unusually dry at planting time but the crop emerged well and was needing some rain, then we had 5 inches one day and about 2 days later we had 9 more inches in Indiana and the corn was at the stage where it yellows it up and it could not fully recover. Our corn yields in Crawford county were great,and around home was in between the two. That is the advantage of being spread out, the weather can be a lot different from one area to the next. Our corn yields were from 120 to 260, quite a range. The bean crop was the best we have had going from 60-90 with the early planted and early variety’s being once again the best.
Excess water will not damage beans as much as corn, if it survives they can recover.
The prices remain low but farming goes in stages, just waiting for the next leg up in prices from hopefully more demand for our product. Or it may come from a crop failure some where around the world, just have to hope it’s not in our neighborhood!
We continue to grow some with adding 2 more rental farms for next year totaling 330 acres with both being good land, looking forward to the new land, we did install field tile on one of these this fall, love making improvements to farms.
As I have said before I will try and write more blogs and get some new pictures added.
Dennis/ Ivers Farms
The 2017 farming season turned out to be one of the best crops we have had. Despite the dry spell from June 23 to July 23 with only about 3 tenths of a inch of rain we still managed to have the best corn average yield that we had ever raised, and the bean crop was near the top. Profit levels are low because of the low commodity prices.
We continue to add more irrigation units each year, where it is possible.
Our long time employee Jarrod Banks has left us as a full time employee and now works part time with us. We are glad to have him when we can.
We have just this week added Cory Funk to our operation. He comes to us with 15 years of working on a farm, we feel that he will be a great asset to our operation.
During the winter months we keep 5 trucks busy hauling our grain off, and it is a busy time getting all the equipment ready for the upcoming season. This is also the time of year that we make all of our plans for 2018 and building perscription maps for planting as well as nitrogen applications.
We are going to be drilling another water well this week in hopes of finding enough water to put in another 165 acre pivot.
Until next time //Dennis Ivers
Been along time since our last blog. During 2016 our farm continued to grow; we are now farming 10,000 tillable acres.
We have been in our new shop and office since November 2015, and now wonder how we got along without it, it is so nice to have plenty of shop and office room and really are loving the warmth of the heat in the floor. Our shop was built by Morton and it is so very tight, would not want it any different. 2016 was a year of a very good bean crop and a good corn crop. For us the further we went north the better it was. Going through a time of not such good corn prices, but that is the way farming has always been ,up and down.
Have posted a few new pictures, and will try and do more, trying to figure out how to post vidios, we have really good ones of spring and harvest with our drone.
Work is moving along on our new shop . Picture from south end shows the office attached to the shop , notice the 40 foot door.
The other picture is showing some of the progress from inside notice the 5 ton Jib Crane.
Some of our land was finally starting to need some rain and received 3 tenths to 1 inch yesterday.
A lot has happened since my last blog. The Wabash river has been up for what seams like forever now. We lost 1600 to 1700 acres total. Two foot less of a crest at Mt.Carmel, which was 25.8, we would not have lost but 230 acres but 2 foot more and it would have been another 1000 acres. We did plant 150 acres of beans over on irrigated land in Illinois on July 18, and then 25 acres not irrigated where corn flooded out on July 20. I think the irrigated will be worth harvesting if it doesn’t freeze out, but the other I don’t know. Most of our other crops look good, and prices have came up some, so as it happens most of the time things will work out fine in the end.
Our big bin project in Indiana is all but completed, we wont have it all full this year, but it will be ready for 2016!
The concrete for our new shop and truck parking building finaly got done about two weeks ago, the rain also really gave those guys fits.
Morton is now putting up the building itself, they think it will take about 6 weeks.
It has been awhile since my last blog, because planting season it had to take a back seat. We planted a couple farms a little earlier, but for the most part really got going April 27
We were able to plant for 2 staight weeks and were able to get all but a small bit of corn planted and 1/2 of the beans. Then with just a few days out for wet we went back at it and finished corn on May 13 and beans on May 26. Only replated 24 acres of small spots of beans. All in all this is one of the nicest springs we have had, and at this point things really could not look much better, Recieved from 1- 2 inches of rain last night.
Our new bin and leg are up in Indiana , and work has started on our new shop. I will be posting pictures on our site
The past 24 hours as of 9 am today our farms have had 1-3 inches of rain, not really what we want this time of year.
We were able to install 2 bridges for a ditch crossing for a new irrigation on our Baum farm south of St. Francisville yesterday before getting rain out. Started picking up brush and burning along ditch banks where we had taken out the trees this past winter; probably another day when weather permits we will have that job taken care of. On our driest filed we were able to apply fertilize and anhydrous on March 31st to get all calibrated and working correctly.
Damon continues to apply fertilize on lawns for our new turf business.
Also our new 250000 bu bin in Indiana has started to go up. The bin should be up in a couple of weeks. will probably go back to hauling some grain next week while the field dry.
This is Easter weekend I hope very body attends the church of their choice to worship our risen savior.
As always thanks for reading our blog; Dennis
Last week we had 2.5 to 3.5 inches of rain on all our farm. Now with the heavy rain and all the snow melt the Wabash river has flooded some of the lower land.
It will be a couple weeks before we can start any field work if with hit a spell of some good weather. We continue to haul grain , at this time we are hauling to ADM at Newburgh Indiana.
We will be caught up with grain sales by end of the week, may hold the remainder of crop for awhile. Damon has started to apply fertilize on lawns of our customers in our new business of IB Excutive turf.
This is a business that Wabash Valley at Allendale Illinois was doing and we have taken over, we are excited about it and believe it will fit in well for us.
We are now really starting to get geared up for spring and continuing to do some ditch work and we still have to put some bridges in for a new irrigation to cross a ditch on the Baum farm south of St. Francisville.
There has been a lot of deaths in our area since the first of the year, I continue to keep those familys in thought and prayers
As always thanks for reading my blog ; Dennis
Thought I would try adding some pictures to our blogs and see how it works out.
I have included a pictures of us putting rock into a trench for one of our latest irrigation rigs to get across a surface drainage ditch. there is a picture of the footer of our new 250000 bushel bin being built and also a picture from a couple a years ago when we were trying to beat the storm by getting this wheat field harvested, and you can see the bean planter is in the field close behind, what a buetiful picture, the storm slid to the north and we got it done
We have been having a revival at our church this week with Tom Weaver as the speaker from Mississippi, it has been very up lifting.
And some bad news last night, the ladies club at St.Francisville owns the old log cabin on the end of main street where there are dinners and meetings held, it is very dear to wife Julies heart. A drunk ran completely into it and took out the front. It can be fixed and nobody was hurt, because nobody was in the cabin at the time, thank God for that
As always thanks for reading; Dennis
Just a quick note for today to get everyone caught up a bit. Our web site; under locations is not up to date as of today, I will be updating soon with our location in Crawford county
Illinois and some other pictures of what we have going on . The last 3 years have been good in farming and we have been able to expand into Crawford county. We are now in the process of building
a much larger shop at our home location at St. Francisville. We have out grown it over the last several years with the size of equipment these days. With our new shop we will be able to get more
than one piece of equipment in at one time to work on and do general maitenence. Our current shop was built in 1977, just 6 years after I got out of high school. We are also in the process of
building a 250000 bushel bin at our Indiana site, with it we will have plenty of room to hold all of the Indiana production at that site, and have room for expansion. We maintain the ability to
always get our crop out of the field in a timely manner by not waisting time in the fall by waiting at the elevator. We also like to get done early to get all
neccesry fieldwork done and be able to lay field tile and other jobs to improve our land. I always like to work with the land owners that we farm for as well as our own land to improve it in
what ever way that we can. As well as our farm growing my family as also expanded, I now have 6 grand children ages 1-12, lots of help. I have built all our prescription farm maps for planting
for the year , which we have been doing for 5 years now, and in the process of now building the nitrogen prescription at this time for the up coming planting season. Everyone else at the farm
has been hauling our 2014 production to elevators and ethenol plant.
I will be updating the site more very soon it is a great way to keep our land owners up to date and also keep land investors up to date.
Thanks for reading this blog; Dennis Ivers