Bob Wade operates Back Forty Farms, a 3,500 acre corn and soybean operation located in Sonora, Ky., which is about 50 miles south of Louisville. Owners Bob and Jill Wade bought their first farm in 1987 and partnered with Bob’s father to plant and harvest the crops. Back Forty Farms has a strong conservation heritage with Bob’s father no-tilling his first corn in 1968. The farm now utilizes cover crops to prevent erosion and enhance soil structure. Back Forty Farms has been 100 percent no-till since the introduction of Roundup-ready soybeans. The farm’s yields and soils have improved over time because of the use of no-till practices.
Feed mills are the primary customers for Back Forty Farms’ corn. The farm has a good relationship with its customers, who appreciate its high-quality corn. Back Forty Farms tries to be service oriented and to meet the special needs of each customer. Its soybeans go to a soybean processor in Owensboro, Ky.
The primary goal of Back Forty Farms is to be a low-cost producer of high-quality products. Back Forty Farms continuously strives to improve its efficiency and adapt to the needs of its customers. Back Forty Farms also aims to be a safe, enjoyable and challenging place to work and a beneficial part of the local community.