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.  
  SPRING 2013  
  Gary brings home his 4020 from the local mechanic.  Next steps are to finish the repair, then to the paint booth.   The cover crop had good growth this spring before we killed it with Roundup.  
  We received snow way too late into the spring this year. 12" of snow in late April made a guy nervous about planting corn.   Getting the black Kenworth ready to go to the field this spring.  All trucks are washed regularly.  
  Filling the DB80 32R30 planter for the first time this spring.  This was our year to update planters.   The Andrews quarter getting sprayed with 28%, Roundup, and Balance Flex.  
  The coop spraying herbicide and Fertilizer ahead of our planter.   There were plenty more wet days than dry days this spring.  A great time to clean up some new farms.  
  There were plenty of these this spring.  What a crazy wet spring.   Our New planter is equipped with all 8 Precision Planting Components including the Beta test of the New Delta Force Down Pressure.  
  We have 2 liquid fertilizer systems on our planter.  IN-Furrow and behind the closing wheels.  A great way to add needed nutrients close to the seedling.   Our planter has 2 liquid systems on it.  This front 500 gallon tank carries the starter fertilizer for in furrow application.  
  The 800 gallon tanks on the CAT carry the 28% for delivery behind the closing wheels.   Many fields got worked this spring to accelerate them drying out as well as taking out the growing weeds.  
  A view inside the cab of the CAT with the planter.
Ag Leader Integra for steering and Liquid fert control.
Precision Planting 20/20 and FieldView controlling the planter.
  Tyson helping Dad plant.  Here he is taking the tile intake post off so we can plant around the intake.  
  Dad, I am you little farm girl, teach me how to drive…   When can I drive dad?  
  “Its not fair for Morgan to get to drive dad, its my turn now!”   A good check strip from when the cover crop was sprayed.  This was where Gary shut off the sprayer to make a check strip.  
  Fonda bringing lunch out to the guys in the field.    The kids are out in the field as much as they can be.  They love helping.  
  The radar screen was looked at more this spring than ever before.  It would not quit raining.   You don’t get a better seed bed than this.  
  Planting into the fall strip tilled corn on corn.  A beautiful seed bed.   More rain coming, head back to the yard.  
  Getting ready to plant our high population 20” Rows with our experimental 12 Row 20” Kinze Planter.   This was a common sight this spring.  Mud and Tracks. But by late May and into June, it was time to plant regardless.  
  This was a bad day.  Getting this big of a planter stuck is not fun to pull out.    Filing the seed tender with beans to go to the next field.  
  A tornado in the sky.  Luckily it never amounted to anything.  Just another stormy day of our wet spring.   A look at our 4 section shut offs on our planter for our 2 liquid systems.  Top one is the 28%, the bottom is the starter fertilizer.  
  A look at the Delta Force hyd cylinder.  Each row unit is controlled independent of each other with this hydraulic cylinder.  Adjustments are made to each row 5 times per second.   When we took the markers off the planter, we had to add suitcase weights back to the wings.  This is to keep adequate weight on the wings.  
  With all the Precision Planting technology on the planter, we have now added a hydraulically driven Alternator to our planter.  This is needed for the extra power that is needed to operate the system.   Our new liquid fertilizer trailer this spring was great.  2 pumps and 2 hose reels for quick filling of the planter.  
  Even though the spring was wet, the crops got planted and the summer started.   You can see the flex of the planter tool bar as we plant along the top side of this terrace.  
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
Phone: 515-574-9519 :: Email:
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