Nelson Family Farms :: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Nelson Family Farms :: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Nelson Family Farms :: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Nelson Family Farms :: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Nelson Family Farms :: Fort Dodge, Iowa
  We at Nelson Family Farms love our family and our farm, so we are happy to share some of the memories with you. Please look through our photo gallery to see what is happening.  
  FALL 2012  
  The winds in August were hard on a few of our corn fields.   Gary and Karma went to Colorado this summer on their motorcycles.  
  Installing the CROP SWEEPER corn head real on our combine.  With all the down corn this fall, we are going to need it.   Blowing the combine off periodically throughout the day is something we do to prevent combine fires.  
  No better way to get the little man involved in farming than to sit with grandpa during supper time in the field.   The down corn was hard on gathering chains.
 Dave and Gary replacing a few of them.
  Morning servicing and greasing of the combine.   The down corn still yielded pretty good, but it was not fun to combine.  
  Combining this fall started in Early September.
 The first planted corn was at 20% already.
  Our semi's in line at the CLARE NEW Coop
grain elevator dumping grain.
  Morgan spend a lot of her time in the field with Grandma Nelson   After each field is combined, we mow the ditches one last time.  
  The soybeans did unbelievably well this year considering
the drought.  We averaged close to 50 bushel beans.
  Karma filling semi's on the Smeltzer #4 farm.  
  When the bottom door gets left open on the semi,
guess who gets to clean up the mess.  THE SON!
  You don't follow the combine too close behind...  
  The beans went from being just ripe to
10% moisture in just a few days.
  The equipment lined up in the Haire #3 farm one evening
as we were done combining soybeans.
  The view from above while loading a semi with soybeans.   Fueling up the equipment with the mobile fuel trailer.  
  Unloading soybeans on the go.   A quick break for supper on the Webb farm.  
  Dumping grain at the OTHO NEW Coop elevator.   If the kids could play in the semi all day, they would.  
  Tyson helps Dad and Grandpa work on the combine.    Weighing back empty after dumping the corn.  
  We try not to work in the fields on Sundays, but Sunday evenings
is a great time for servicing the equipment.
  Combining the last pass of corn on the Haire #2 farm.  
  Uncle Tom is our TRANSPORTATION MANAGER in the fall.  
He is in charge of the semi maintenance and dispatch..
  Nobody better get Tom's truck dirty.  He is proud of his ride...  
  One truck leaves with a load while the other one waits in the field.   The wind in July/August created some great pains when
it came to combining.  This farm should have taken
2 days to combine, but instead took 4 days.
  The tillage tractor runs many hours.  Day or night.  This was refueling before heading out to rip some corn stalks.   Strip tilling in to fall cover crop on Smeltzer #4  
  Stopping at the farm to refuel before strip tilling.   You can see the beautiful strip left behind for next years planting zone.  
  This fall we also rented a Great Plain Turbo Till to test on some
Corn on Corn acres prior to strip tilling.
  A view of fall strip till corn on corn style  
  All the fields get the headlands and fencelines ripped each fall. This was Gary on the Andrews Quarter.   Filling the strip till machine on the Haire #1 farm.  
  Our strip tilling of corn on corn saves us multiple trips
across the field and is healthier for the soil.
  Not all fields are strip tilled.  Based on Landlord preference and/or field Characteristics, the farm might be conventional tilled.  
  Melvin Zehr one of our landowners stops out
with donuts and coffee!
Thank you for your interest in Nelson Family Farms. If we can help you in any way, please call or stop by. Visitors are always welcome.

Nelson Family Farms

Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
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