Western Farms - Larwill, IN
Tom started farming in 1965 when he was in high school along with his father. One of his sons helps him part-time with his operation. He has been with ProTech since it began many years ago. He said, "I joined ProTech because they used grid soil sampling and variable rate application." "The fertilizer was going exactly where it was needed to go." "ProTech has improved tremendously over the years." "Around here the soil is so much more variable and it makes things more complex and boy do these guys sure know the soils around here." Tom likes working with the ProTech staff, "They are so close and always available."
D & R Farms & Sons - Larwill, IN
Denny has grown up on a farm his whole life and has been farming full-time since 1980. He farms about 2,000 acres along with his son Tyler who helps him full-time and his other son who works with him part-time. He joined ProTech back in the early 2000s. Denny said, "I wanted to up the bottom line, save money in the long term, and the variable rate was also attractive." He enjoys working with the ProTech staff. He said, "They are close to home and always available to answer questions." "There have been some cases that ProTech has walked our fields (every 2 weeks) and found weed problems that we would have never caught or caught in time and they were taken care of immediately." "All of the information that they have acquired on our ground throughout the years, test they have done, and all of the reputable knowledge they have provided us has improved our crops, yield, and fertility."
Steve & Steve Jr. Kelham
Kelham Farms & SJK Farms - Avilla, IN
Steve has been farming since the early 70s on his own, "Living the dream", he says. He started with 300 acres and now farms 3,000 acres along with his son Steve Jr. who is the sixth generation to farm. After graduating from Purdue, Steve Jr. came back to the farm where he now works full-time. He also brought the technology to the table and changed the way they have been farming since. Kelhams' joined ProTech because of the soil sampling and variable rate maps. Steve says, "ProTech has opened so many doors, where you stop is your own determination." Both Steve and Steve Jr. enjoy working with the ProTech staff. Steve refers to his ProTech adviser as, "My hero." They would recommend ProTech to anyone. In fact, they already have!
Whiteshire - Hamroc Farms - Albion, IN
After moving to Indiana in '72, Al started farming on his own in the mid-70s. In the late 70s, after meeting his partner Lemmon, he started working with cross-bred boars. By that time, the field work was growing rapidly. Whiteshire- Hamroc was then formed in the mid-1990s and gradually went from 1,000 acres to the 4,000 acres it is today. They joined ProTech in 2001 and "By the second year I could start to see the benefits immediately." Al said, "ProTech has helped improve our management skills, made us much more aware of issues we have in production, verified things that we thought were good or bad, long-term record keeping and manure application. The ProTech guys really care about what they are doing and have the best interest of the producers at heart. They are always willing to learn and they love what they do. I would definitely recommend using ProTech."
Broad Acres - Churubusco, IN
Brian farms about 2,500 acres in NE Indiana. He joined ProTech in 2001 mainly for the benefits of variable rate. "I could put everything in one basket and I didn't want to take the time to do it. Also, they are not tied to retail." Brian likes working with the ProTech staff, "I feel they have the right people in place for the job. ProTech has gotten me ahead of my nitrogen management and variable rate populations. I would recommend ProTech. With the database they have, you cannot compare."
Pinecrest Farms - Goshen, IN
Stan has been farming his whole life and has never second guessed himself when it came to that. He started farming on his own in 2004. "I joined ProTech because I was looking for a new approach. I had holes to fill on my farm and I didn't want to do all on my own anymore. ProTech matched the goals I wanted to achieve and had what I needed." Stan has now been in the ProTech program for three years. "I like working with ProTech, they are great to get a hold of and I call my adviser my "˜Johnny on the spot.' Environmentally, it has been good for my soils and economically better balancing. I would recommend ProTech! There has been more payout and I would have left a lot of money on the table without it."