vegetables • corn • soybeans
Take a bite with me
I'll let you in on a secret: Every year, I give into the urge to eat fresh sweet corn off the stalk during harvest. Seeing these fresh vegetables as they go to market is one of the many perks of farming.
Farming has always been about more than just raising crops.When I'm planning for the year's crop I think about sustainability – or the social, economic and environmental impact it will have. I can't control the weather or the marketplace, but I can always do my best to grow food that I am proud to serve your family and mine.
Working the land
My family has owned our farm since 1920, and I'm the third generation to work the land my grandfather bought. Today, I work with Del Monte to freshly harvest corn for you to enjoy year-round. Here's how it gets to your table:
- During harvest, corn is taken from the field and stripped off the cob
- The corn is canned only hours after leaving my fields at a plant in Mendota, Illinois.
When you open a can of Del Monte corn for your family, you might be eating food grown on my farm. In addition to non-GMO sweet corn and vegetables I grow for Del Monte, I grow both conventional and non-GMO field corn and soybeans.
My family loves spending time on the farm. My wife, Barbara, and I have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Farming is our passion, but all of our children work off of the farm. My younger son processes soybean seed at a facility in south central Illinois, and our daughter works in the food industry in Indianapolis as a rep for a wholesale distributor and enjoys sharing her farm connection with clients.
About my familyI am a third-generation northern Illinois farmer. I grow non-GMO sweet corn and vegetables for Del Monte, as well as both conventional and non-GMO field corn and soybeans. When you open a can of Del Monte corn, you might be eating food grown on my farm!
My Blog Posts
|Sweet Corn 101|
|TRADEOFFS – GENETICALLY MODIFIED VS. MORE INSECTICIDE|
"One of the best aspects of farming is taking both full responsibility and full pride in whatever happens out in my fields."
TRADEOFFS – GENETICALLY MODIFIED VS. MORE INSECTICIDE
Because most of the sweet corn grown is still non-GMO due to consumer demand, we have to, unfortunately, resort to putting more insecticides on those plants to protect them from certain insects:
- Beetles will eat the silks off of the corn, which means that ear is unable to pollinate and leaves us with bare cobs.
- Rootworms will lay their larvae on the stalks to feed off of the roots.
- Earworms will get into the husk and eat the end of the cob.
Once we assess the impact that the pest is having on our crop, we may spray the corn with an insecticide to control the pests and protect the plant.