June 22-23, 2017
Carroll and Howard counties, Indiana
The Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University has organized an annual Indiana Farm Management Tour every year since the early 1930s. The tour visits farms that have demonstrated highly successful farm business management practices or have unique perspectives on farm business management.
Host farmers share keys to successful farm management and explain how the management of their operations is changing in response to the ever-changing agricultural economy and the evolving circumstances of their families. They also share reasons behind recent innovations in production practices and adoption of new technology. This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experiences of Indiana's best farm business managers.
This year's tour is June 22-23 in Howard and Carroll counties. Download the flyer.
The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register here.
Download a PDF of the tour maps.
Scott Farms is a diversified crop farm. Operators include Brian, John, and Robert. Crops produced include corn, waxy corn, popcorn, soybeans, seed soybeans and wheat. Scott Farms has a long history associated with the production of speciality crops, such as waxy corn. Speciality crops are utilized to enhance profitability and mitigate risk. As part of the farm's efforts to improve its fertility program, variable-rate technology, side dressing of nitrogen and drone technology are used. The use of cover crops has also been incorporated into the cropping systems. Mini-tours will include a discussion of specialty crop production, as well as a discussion of technology utilized on the farm.
Tom and Neil Mylet operate Mylet Farms along with input from several other family members. Their focus is on efficiency and innovation. In addition to farming, Neil is the principal behind a startup technology company that already has 12 patents. His most recent innovation is a grain unloading app that you can run from your smartphone. At Mylet Farms, you will have a chance to see how they have automated their grain system. In addition to focusing on their farming operation, the Mylets are very involved in their community and recently coordinated a virtual people-to-people exchange with Carroll County 4-H members and a group in Moscow. The Mylets' tour stop will also provide an opportunity to view the Tribine Harvester with its unique harvester architecture.
Bryan and Susan Kirkpatrick and their daughter, Andrea, operate Kirkpatrick Farms. They raise corn and soybeans with an emphasis on food-grade corn. Kirkpatrick Farms focuses on improving the health and productivity of the land they farm and were early adopters of farming technology, which will be showcased during the tour. Additionally, Bryan has been a Beck's Hybrids Seed Dealer for over 40 years and has built his business through a focus on customer service.
Maple Farms is a family partnership with three generations of the family actively involved in the farm. Maple Farms primarily grows food-grade corn and seed soybeans. One of the keys to Maple Farms' success is attention to details, especially with respect to communication among family members, employees and landlords. To better manage their operation and prepare the farm for transition to another generation, Maples worked with management consultants to develop a strategic plan for Maple Farms. While at Maple Farms, you will gain insights into how they have structured their operation to ensure continuity across generations.
7877 W. 1100 N.
Delphi, IN 46923
5227 N. 400 E.
Camden, IN 46917
June 23, 2017
13961 E. 300 S.
Greentown, IN 46963
Farm Tour Lunch
3924 S. 250 E.
Kokomo, IN 46902
Agricultural Outlook Update followed by Maple Farms interview and mini-tours.
2017 Indiana Master Farmer Awards Dinner
June 22, 2017
6:00 PM Registration and Meet & Greet with Master Farmers
6:30 PM Dinner and Awards Presentation
Wabash and Erie Canal Conference and Interpretive Center
1030 W. Washington St.
Delphi, IN 46923
Advance reservations required. No walk-ins can be accommodated.
Reservations are due by Friday, June 16.
Buffet Dinner by Custom Select Catering
$25 per person
$10 per child under 12
No cost for children under 2
Download the registration form.
Holiday Inn & Suites (765) 455-2900
Courtyard by Marriott (765) 453-0800
Holiday Inn Express (765) 453-2222
Fairfield Inn (765) 453-8822
Download a PDF of lodging information.
Contact Janet Pool
with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-494-4310.