Brown Farms is owned and operated by Nathan and Jennifer Brown of Hillsboro, Ohio. Nathan started in 2002 with just 24 acres of grain crops and 2 acres of tobacco. After many years of building the farm operation we now farm roughly 850 acres along with beef cattle.
Nathan has the ability to farm full-time and focus on building and improving the family operation. Jennifer works off the farm for the United States Department of Agriculture. We have twin boys that were born in March of 2011, and our little girl arrived September 2012. Hoping that they all grow up to love the farm life and want to become part of the operation someday.
Brown Farms raises corn, soybeans, and wheat on those 850 acres that are rented from various landowners. We works with each landowner to ensure that the land is cared for as the landowner wishes. We work diligently to ensure the the land is left better after we leave it than before we obtained it. Conservation is critical to the success of this operation.
Some of the conservation practices used are no-till planting, waterways, tile, along with filterstrips and buffers. No-till is the practice of planting without tilling the soil. This reduces soil erosion which keeps our streams and lakes cleaner. Waterways are grass strips left in place where soil erosion would be present without something to hold the soil. We try to repair all waterways and install new ones by working with landowners and the NRCS. Tile is subsurface pipe that carrys excess water away from an area to another. A lot of the tile in place dates back to the 1970's or later and is in need of repair or replacing. We try to repair or replace tile as needed to reduce erosion. Filter strips and buffers are grass strips left along streams to filter out any soil that may erode. These are all practices that we work with landowners it install or improve to reduce erosion.
Technology in the agriculture field has evolved enormously in the last decade. From light bars to auto steer, and from yield monitors to yield maps, the are all tools that provide great benefit. Currently we use a light bar to guide our sprayer, and auto steer to drive our tractors and combine. This allows us to work longer with less fatigue and be more accurate with our placement of chemicals, seeds, and fertilizer. We use our yield monitor to record yields across the whole field to help us in making better management decisions. We incorporate this data into our fertilizer program which we can use to variable rate spread our fertilizer. Technology puts us ahead of the rest with our ability to collect data and us that data to make better management decisions!
Our cattle herd is small consisting of 20 momma cows and calves. We graze them in the summer on pasture and feed hay and corn in the winter months. Calving season runs April 1 to June 1 which is a really busy time of the year. We check cow three times daily and even more when needed. Weaning usually comes around November 1. We sell our calves to some local guys who finish raising them and then sell them for freezer beef.
Agriculture is a diverse and ever changing field. We do it because we love it. It is the way we want to raise our boys. There are so many challenges to this way of life that must be worked out everyday, and there are so many that do not understand what we do. We want food that is good for us and a roof over our heads to protect us from bad weather. Our vision is to leave this Earth a little better than we found it , a place our children will be proud to say my daddy and momma once farmed there.
Hillsboro, OH 45133