Longview Farm 1

Statistics and Methods

Longview Farms showed and walked us through how they work with crops and how it has changed over the time. They not only showed us a bigger picture of farming and the way it works, they also showed how math fits into farming. There are many profits and losses when it comes to farming.
They had 42 Fields that they had to crop. They explained step by step about how certain months they collected more of a specific crop than another.

Longview Farms owns 6,800 acres. On these acres they grow row crop operations. Some examples would be commercial corn, seed corn, soybeans, and seed soybeans. 

25% of their acreage is seed soybeans, 28% is commercial corn, 23% are soybeans, and 24% is seed corn.

On their farms they grow the corn and soybeans in a 50/50 rotation. This 50/50 rotation, or crop rotation, is used because soybeans are legumes. Legumes have bacteria on their roots which take nitrogen from the air and then fix it into the soil around it. This is very practical because corn (the year later) use the nitrogen in order to grow, this cycle allows for continuously fertile planting soil. As well as crop rotation they operate with owned, leased, crop shared and custom agreements with other landowners depending on their needs. They also do custom farming where they will plant, spray, harvest, and de-tassel for people they have leased their lands to.

This shows what things they have to do and who does them.

The piece of machinery below is what helps plant the seeds into the soil and does basically all of the manual labor for the farmers. There are lots of other types of equipment like tillers, hagies (chemical sprayers), combines and tractors.

 They occasionally hire students or any sort of volunteers to help them harvest (around an extra 7 workers) and/ or de-tassel.


How Can Longview Make a Profit?

They try to buy up land and eliminate other competitors. There are other natural issues that can occur such as weather. If the weather isn't appropriate for planting crops, then there's nothing that they can do. They have to play the waiting game until it gets better sustainably and consistently before they can do anything. Another thing they can do is stay fairly frugal, but also take some risks. It's difficult to just buy new equipment considering it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. Longview tries to stay up-to-date and in the loop with technology and programs from the government.

Questions For The Farmers?

-Are you looking to expand your variety of crop in future years? If so, why?

-When considering to use fertilizers and pesticides versus cover crops, do you have a plan to rebalance your budget depending on the price differences?

-Are you currently competing with any overseas company advertising the same products?

- If due to unseen conditions the amount of farmers that use your product to feed livestock decreases, how will you change your crop supply to fit the demand?

- If an invasive species or new disease breaks out and is effecting your crop, how will you contain the problem, and prevent it for future harvests?

-In the scenario that a major piece of machinery breaks down during harvest, how will the farm be able to meet its product quota and shipping schedules?