Sustainable Farming

Around 1906, twin brothers, Gus and Carl F. Weidner, from Eastern Nebraska boarded a steam train and headed west. 150 miles later Carl caught a cinder of ash in his eye, so they stopped in McCook, Nebraska to find a doctor. After receiving medical care, the brothers crossed paths with a land developer who sold each of them 80 acres of unbroken sod. Needless to say, the brothers, now short on money, never got back on the train. That was the start of our family's farm. Today, in spite of all those years of hail storms, prairie fires, grasshoppers, drought, and dust, their descendants are still here. We still farm the same ground, still look at the clouds for rain, and pray hail doesn't destroy the harvest.  

Realizing what a gift the the land is, we do our best to employ sustainable, natural methods of agriculture. We do not use herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides on our crops, and fertilizer is applied intelligently, based on soil tests. We minimize tillage in order to keep the soil covered as much of the time as possible, preferably with living plants to conserve moisture, build organic matter, and nourish the soil microbes. We wish to leave the soil in a good, healthy condition to provide for and nourish future generations.

Our Farm's History

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1950s

An early self-propelled Massey Harris combine (left) followed by a John Deere 'R' pulling a Case pull-type combine. This is Carl F.'s son (Carl A.) and a grandson.

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1980s

 

2 Massey Ferguson combines emptying into a 1961 International Harvester truck. Again, the drivers are Carl A. and his son, Russ.

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2020

This year, we have a Gleaner R72. Now the driver is Russ's son, Calen. The equipment and people have changed but our stewardship of the land goes on.