It’s a farm operation that extends to 1910, started by Rick’s great-grandparents. Both Rick and Mike are Paxton High grads — 1970 and 2004, respectively — and both earned the FFA State Farmer degree.
Starting today and continuing through harvest season, The News-Gazette will spotlight a Farm Family of the Week.
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Next up: The Lieb family of rural Monticello.
Rural Clinton family's goal is to have up to 50 antique tractors in their collection. They’re up to more than 40 now.
What does a farmer do in his/her spare time? How about go to a tractor pull. That’s the story with Scott Ziegler; his wife, Sarah; their three children; and Scott’s father, Bill.
As a sixth-generation farmer, I am happy to keep the operation running.
Meet the Stierwalt family of rural Sadorus.
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They have more than your traditional corn and soybean operation. They raise a variety of organic crops and also started a distillery. And dad Jeff raises cattle.
John Watkins said his hands are still scarred from coming in contact with barbed wire as he mowed fence lines with a Bachtold weed mower.
'There is so much expense involved in farming these days that it’s almost impossible for someone to take over and be fair to all the other the family members.'
“He pushed us and gave us advice and was our biggest cheerleader. There were several times when it go hard. He said, ‘Hey, just keep going and it’s going to pay off one of these days,’” Katie Stewart said of her grandfather.
Harvest and spring calving are two of our favorites
A 36-row planter, which spans 90 feet, is not uncommon these days. Doug Schroeder said he timed how long it would take to plant an 80-acre field. From start to finish: two hours. That would be unheard of just a few years ago.
'My wife, Laura, and I both grew up on farms. I would say we have both been farming since we were old enough to play in dirt,' said B.J. DeAth, who farms near Indianola in Vermilion County.
'One day you will be a machine operator; the next day you might have to be an accountant; then something might break and you have to be a mechanic.'
Our family has been farming in Oakwood Township since the mid-late 1800s.
Our paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Taylor, moved to Champaign County in 1861 from Kentucky. In 1883 he purchased the tract of land which we continue to use as our center of operation, according to Craig Anderson, the older of the two Anderson brothers who farm in rural Mansfield.
It’s gotten a lot bigger. We started with 124 acres, four sows and an $1,800 loan.
We have traced our operation to at least 1902. Our kiddos are the fifth generation, says Monica Green. In fact, they are the fifth generation to live right here in the farmhouse, which is pretty special, too.
After 35 years of teaching elementary school, I retired in 2012. In 2018, Morris and I decided to quit farming most of our ground so that we could focus on our apples and the brewery construction.
The Waters family started farming in Section 7 Stanton Township in 1869. Built a house and farmstead.
My family has farmed this sesquicentennial farm since 1834 that was acquired through the Land Act of 1820. Samuel Gill of Bath County, Ky., rode horseback to Palestine Ill., to make the purchase, Pam Sigler said.
Historically, we had a dairy until the ‘50s, hogs until the ‘60s and cattle until the ‘70s. We are currently a grain operation — one-third corn, one-third soybeans and one-third CRP/pollinator habitat.