Farm transitions to next generation

Mark (from left), Jodi, John and Aaron Anson speak at the Purdue Farm Management Tour.

ANDREWS, Ind. — Passing the farm on to the next generation is a dream for most farm families — and a reality for the Ansons.

The farm is transitioning from Aaron Anson to his son, John, and daughter-in-law, Jodi.

The family grows corn and soybeans in Andrews, along with a boar stud operation that provides semen to a large farm in Michigan. The Anson Farm was a stop on the Purdue Farm Management Tour.

Transitioning the farm hasn’t come without challenges. Technology has changed the way things are done on the farm.

“Dad keeps telling me all the time, he used to farm without prescriptions and all that,” John Anson said. “He wants me to tell him that it’s worth it.

“I have to prove it to him all the time because I come over with a bill for something that he never had to pay before. So, he has questions, especially this year.

“In a week, we’re going to put anhydrous on with variable rate prescriptions. Somebody wrote those prescriptions for us, and they want a little money. I have to tell him, ‘We had 250-bushel corn through prescriptions last year’ to reassure him, one more time.”

The Ansons use RTK guidance on a few tractors, as well as prescriptions on seed and fertilizer.

“I’m doing variable rate nitrogen for the third or fourth year,” John Anson said. “We rezoned all of the fields and made sure the zones were accurate in the field, so we can use variable rating. We’ve had good luck so far.

“We basically just fine-tuned the original soil maps and made sure they were right. If you’re going to use prescriptions, the key is the zones. So, you better have your zones right.”

Most years, the Ansons plant a 50/50 corn and soybean rotation. This year, Anson was only able to plant 60% of the corn he intended to due to bad weather.

Soybeans have been successfully planted. Now it’s a waiting game to see how harvest goes.

Erica Quinlan can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 193, or equinlan@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Quinlan.

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