Jon, Tina, Bach and Nancy Bakehouse

Field Day:       July 27, 2016 – Hastings (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Event Title:     From a Soil Conservation to a Soil Regeneration Mindset

County:           Mills

How Many Years Farming?  43

Acres in Production:  700 owned; 25 rented

Approximate percentage of household income derived from farm in past 12 months? 

41-60 percent

CROPS

Crops Grown:

  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Alfalfa
  • Small grains

Equipment, Implements, Tools, Infrastructure Used to Raise These Crops:

  • Traditional
  • GPS-equipped field tractors
  • Planter
  • VRT fertilizer toolbar
  • Spray coupe
  • MoCo
  • Baler
  • No-till drill

Production Practices Used to Raise These Crops:

  • No-till
  • Side-dress VRT nitrogen
  • Cover crops
  • Livestock

Certified Organic?  No

LIVESTOCK

Livestock Raised?

  • Closed beef herd, mostly Angus, but includes some of a bunch of other breeds
  • A few chickens – a mix of Rhode Island Reds and Buff Orpingtons
  • One horse of unknown origin

Equipment, Implements, Tools, Infrastructure Used to Raise These Livestock:

  • Moveable, temporary fence
  • Mobile chicken coop
  • Small, moveable inverted water tank for young chicks

Production Practices Used to Raise These Livestock:

  • Rotational grazing for the beef herd, as well as grazing cover crops and perennial and annual pasture
  • Completely free-range adult hens

FARM STRUCTURE & PROGRAMS USED

Any Farm Employees?  Yes – 1 full-time employee

Farm Organizational Structure:   Corporation

Farm Conservation or Incentive Programs Used:  None

BUSINESS & MARKETING PRACTICES

Special Business Software Used?

  • Red Wing Software’s Centerpoint for Agriculture
  • AgLeader’s SMS Software

How are Crops Marketed?

  • Contract
  • Direct-Marketing
  • Grain Elevator or Co-op
  • Auction

Other Background

  • Jon, Tina, Bach and Nancy operate Maple Edge Farm, a family farm originally homesteaded by Jon’s great-great grandfather in the 1880s.
  • In 2015, Jon formed the Southwest Iowa Expert Cover Croppers (SWIAECC) with nearby Practical Farmers of Iowa members interested in going beyond the basics with cover crops.