Laura Jones and Steve Leazer

Field Day:       August 20, 2016 – Wilton (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Event Title:     Voluntary Robotic Milking and Baleage for Improved Dairy Production

County:           Cedar

How Many Years Farming?  40 (between Laura and her father, Steve)

Acres in Production? 315 owned

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

41-60 percent


Crops Grown:

  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Alfalfa / Grass Hay
  • Rye
  • Oats

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

  • Kinze planter
  • John Deere tractor
  • Row drill
  • Broadcast drill

Production Practices Used to Raise These Crops:

  • Nitrogen
  • Cover crops
  • Crop rotation
  • Soil and water conservation practices
  • Compost / aged manure
  • Soil nutrient balancing


Livestock Raised?

  • Cornish-Cross chickens for meat production
  • Sex Link and Barred Rock layers
  • Production turkeys

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

  • Dairy (primarily Holstein; a few crosses and Ayrshires)
  • Hogs (but not currently)
  • Holstein feeder calves (but not currently)

Production Practices Used to Raise These Livestock:

  • Supplemental grazing
  • Compost bedded pack


Any Farm Employees?  Yes – one part-time employee

Farm Organizational Structure:   Partnership

Farm Programs Used:

  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
  • Wetland Reserve Program (WRP)


Special Business Software Used?   Farm Business Systems through our accounting firm

How are Crops Marketed?

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

Other Background

  • In April 2015, Laura and Steve installed a voluntary robotic milking system on their 50-head Holstein dairy.
  • They were recently featured in this news article in the Muscatine Journal.