Exciting News on The Farm

JD and Casey's son Jarrett was recently elected by a delegation of his peers to serve as a state officer for the Indiana FFA, an agricultural education youth organization. The Indiana FFA is associated with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and its mission is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Because of this commitment to the over 12,000 members of the Indiana FFA, he will be delaying his college education for one year

Jarrett and six other individuals will serve as full-time student ambassadors for the Indiana FFA, residing at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center, in Trafalgar, IN. They will travel over 30,000 miles across the state during their year of service speaking to local FFA chapters, developing partnerships with Indiana agribusinesses, meeting with government leaders and attending various events promoting the FFA, agricultural education and the agriculture industry. They will also be responsible for developing, planning and presenting nine leadership conferences and workshops to over 2,500 FFA members. The newly elected officers will also spend time designing and constructing the Indiana FFA State Fair Exhibit. Over 300,000
people come through the one-acre exhibit on an annual basis.

The year will be an educational experience that will allow Jarrett to experience tremendous personal growth while developing leadership, communication, team development and organizational skills.

All of us here at Nidlinger Farms are very proud of Jarrett and excited to see what adventures he encounters throughout his year of service. Follow along on his journeys with us on Twitter Facebook or by following @IndianaFFA. 

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What DO you guys do in the winter????

What do you guys do in the winter?  This is a question that we get too often as it seems that the majority of people think that a farm schedule resembles the acronym on our pickup trucks. 4x4, 4 weeks in the spring for planting followed by 4 weeks in the fall for harvesting.  If you have been around a farm operation you know that this is not the case, but definitely a question that we need to address, as the winter months can be just as busy around here as it is during the growing season.

 

At Nidlinger Farms Inc (NFI) the winter months are filled with machinery maintenance, business and strategy planning, data analysis, professional development and education, delivery of grain, as well as some needed family time. 

 

As soon as the last grain is harvested and the last fertilizer and lime is spread, we switch to clean up mode.  Harvest equipment is power-washed, soaped, and even waxed.  Fluids are changed and any needed maintenance is performed before the equipment is put into the storage sheds.  We take pride in keeping our fleet of equipment in excellent mechanical and physical shape.  This helps to minimize our in-season repairs as well as maintains the value of our equipment.  The shop will stay busy throughout the winter as every piece of equipment is ran through to be inspected and serviced.  Planters are an essential piece of our operation, as any mistake at planting can be detrimental to successful yields.  So, special attention is given to planter maintenance during these winter months.

 

Many hours are spent in the office during the winter months analyzing agronomic and financial information, as well as creating a business plan for the following crop year.  We analyze varietal and hybrid information as well as different treatment options that we experimented with during the prior crop year.  We sift through the large amounts of data that we collected from as-planted, as-applied, and harvest maps to determine what products were successful.

 

Winter months are also a time for education.  We spend time at management meetings, agronomy meetings, as well as financial meetings to keep up on the latest trends and techniques.  By being on the cutting edge, utilizing and testing new technologies, we feel that we can be better stewards and managers.

 

As the markets dictate, some grain is moved off the farm during the winter months.  Non-GMO soybeans are taken to be cleaned and processed for the export market.  Commercial soybeans and corn may also be moved if our end-users need them during this time frame.

 

The growing season can create some stress on family life because of the long hours involved.  The winter months allow us time together with our family.  Weather it be watching football and basketball games, or enjoying a family vacation of snow-skiing or possibly heading south to warmer weather.  We treasure the time the colder weather brings us to spend with the ones we love.

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