Sunday, April 12, 2020


Planting season has begun at Johnson Family Farms! We started planting soybeans on Thursday, April 2nd and are fairly far along at this point with soybean plantings. We also planted a few acres of corn, but with the forecasted colder temperatures coming we opted to wait until after the colder temperatures evade and wait for warmer days ahead. The ground is working good despite the lack of a really cold winter to provide for freezing and thawing. As you can see from the pictures below we have a lot of things going on during planting season. I hope you enjoy the pictures.


Lots of dust coming off the planter operating at 9+ mph!

Bob planting nonGMO soybeans on our Foster Family LLP Ashland farm. 

David working chiseled corn stalks down ahead of the Kinze soybean planter outside Ashland. 

Looking out the back window of the tractor towards the high-speed 20" planter. Here we are planting soybeans outside Pleasant Plains and applying a high-rate of liquid fertilizer. 

A view looking out the front of the tractor of the 20" planter. We have a lot of monitors in this tractor - some to control the planter, some to steer the tractor and others to operate the hydraulic pumps on the planter and tractor. 

Max and Owen coming out for a ride in the planter. 

Refilling the planter with soybeans on the Alexander farm.

Fixing a tile hole on the Alexander farm. Look at that beautiful black top-soil!

Brad hauling large rip-rap rock to slow down water on the Lehmann farm.

Our April 2nd planted soybeans are off to a good start. This picture was a week after planting.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Pictures from the past...

Biggest horsepower on the farm - 1980

The planting fleet is ready - spring 1980

Planting season 1976

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Saturday, March 7th...

The weather has turned warmer and the shop has been busy with activity. We are getting equipment ready for spring as well as working on outside projects when the weather allows. With the recent windy days and sunshine the soil is drying out nicely. Some of our neighbors are working ground and Uncle Bob has started putting on anhydrous ammonia on his last field. Planting season will be here shortly!

Tom replacing bogey wheels on a tracked tractor while the farm dogs "supervise..."

One of the planters is ready to roll!

Brad replacing bogey wheels on the Case IH 470 RowTrac tractor.

Bob putting new brushes in the Kinze soybean planter meters.

Trimming tree limbs that overhang the field on the Lehmann farm.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday, January 11th...

It is hard to believe that 2019 is already gone and we are almost two weeks into 2020. The winter weather for us has been extremely mild and at some times downright warm for December/January. We have been busy working outside cleaning up equipment, trimming tree lines in the field borders and hauling grain out of our local bins to river or rail terminals. We even snuck a few days of "spring" tillage in between Christmas and New Years as the ground in our area has been dry up until last night's 2.5" of rainfall. Overall, we were extremely blessed with the results of the 2019 crop despite the turmoil it caused a lot of other farmers throughout Illinois and the US. We hope 2020 brings the end of tariff wars with our largest trading partners throughout the world and starts to begin some stability in the world grain markets. Here is to hoping you and your family have a great 2020!

A load of corn coming out of the bin headed for nearby Bartlett Grain Company in Jacksonville where it will be loaded on a 110 unit train and shipped to cattle lots in Mexico. 

Trimming trees along a field border - a common thing we tackle every year after harvest. 

Leveling ground between Christmas and New Years that will be planted back to corn. We call this "stale seedbed" and will not be running anymore equipment over this field until the planter in the spring. These opportunities are rare to get a weather window like this to work ground down in December. 

Emptying a small bin of soybeans.

Another semi load of soybeans heading for the Illinois River where it will be put on a barge and shipped down to New Orleans for export to somewhere in the world. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019


We have again been very fortunate to get a lot of our fall fieldwork accomplished. Below are pictures of our last day of anhydrous ammonia application. We now have all our fall fertilizer applied as well as primary Nitrogen source for next year's corn crop. Last year we did not even start anhydrous applications until the day after Christmas and even then we only got 160 acres applied before it got too wet. It feels good to be caught up compared to last year. We have finalized our 2020 cropping plans unless the markets over the winter tell us they want more corn acres. We've selected the corn hybrids we will be planting next year and are still ironing out the details on what brand and variety of soybeans we will plant next year. Harvest equipment has been mostly washed and put away and we are gearing up to haul many semi loads of corn from our grain bins to the rail terminal in nearby Jacksonville during the month of December. We also plan to haul some of our nonGMO soybeans over to Archer Daniels Midland Co. in Decatur in December. As you can tell, we have many blessings this Thanksgiving to be thankful for. From all of us at Johnson Family Farms, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Harvest is complete...!!!

Harvest began on Monday, September 16th and we wrapped it up on Tuesday, October 29th ahead of an 1.5" of rain and later 2-3" of snow. What a year 2019 has been! And we certainly know how lucky we are to have harvest complete compared to those in Northern Illinois, Dakotas and everywhere else it is super wet. Yields were surprisingly good in corn and average to good on soybeans. We did dry a lot our corn out of the field compared to past years, but that is also why we geared up and added the bigger dryer for this fall in anticipation of that. We have plenty of tillage and fertilizer applications to get wrapped up, but recent rain and snow fall has totaled up to 4" on some of our farms so it will be awhile before tillage can be completed. We are currently working on catching up on book work in the office and starting to make plans for our 2020 crop. 

We would again like to thank all of our employees for the long hours and continuous days they put in bringing in our 2019 harvest. We would also like to thank our partners in the field such as Beard Implement, Central Illinois Trucks, and Prairieland FS for such great service again this fall. 

Combining soybeans with the City of Ashland as the backdrop.

The clouds finally parted at the end of the day which made for an amazing sunset looking to our West from Ashland as we topped off a grain bin.

Harvesting corn right outside the city limits of Ashland.

Hammering out the soybeans on our farms in Greenfield.

We witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets while harvesting corn on our Elkhart farm. The sky looked like it was on fire. 

Aerial shot of the combine and all the grain it collects before dumping in the grain cart.

Transferring corn from the grain cart to the semis.

Harvesting corn on the last field near New Berlin.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Harvest continues...

Harvest continues to roll on. Compared to our friends in Northern Illinois we have been very fortunate to have such mild weather and few rain days. We know how blessed we are this fall with good weather, good yields and a fantastic harvest and tillage crew. We are making good progress on both the harvest and tillage side of the business. We have all the soybeans harvested locally as well as Greene County. We have 295 acres of beans left on the Williamsville farm and hope to get those harvested this upcoming week. There is still plenty of corn to be combined, but typically the weather in late October and November is more conducive for corn harvest than soybean harvest. We've had our share of breakdowns and we'd like to give a BIG THANKS to the folks at BEARD IMPLEMENT in nearby Ashland for getting us going as soon as they could. Their service is phenomenal! 

Another benefit to having a grain dryer is having the ability to get fields tiled in early fall. This was a project that we were not planning to do this fall, but given this was our first field harvested the tile guys jumped on the opportunity to tile when it was 90 degrees out versus 30...

Refilling the combines with Diesel Exhaust Fluid.

We decided to add another grain bin at our grain center late in the spring. The crew from Automated Ag in LeRoy, IL was exactly on time with there estimate of when they thought they would get it built - first week of October. We are excited to have this added to our facility on time to be able to utilize this fall.