Cedar Family Farms
Specializing in Personalized Landowner Solutions
The Norman Family began their farming operation in the early 1990s with Wayne Norman of Ainsworth, Iowa. Wayne would attend Iowa State Teaching college and eventually return to Washington county and reside in the town of Washington as a hired man. Even with the task of farming at hand, Wayne was the Washington County Corn Husking Champion two years running and maintained many large roles within the community. Wayne’s son William Norman attended Iowa State College and upon returning home partnered with his father to operate and own 409 acres, comprised of cattle, swine and row crops of corn and soybeans. Wayne would become the Washington County Master Farmer in 1955 for his efforts in skillfully managing his farm and investing time and resources for family and community longevity.
In 1973, Steve joined his father William in the family farming business and continued raising corn, soy and finishing swine. In 1976 Steve Norman would marry his wife Sue and raise three children: Matt, Barbie and Mike. Upon graduating from college and enduring other industry careers, the two boys, Matt and Mike, found their way back to the family farm and established Cedar Family Farms in 2008 where they continue the legacy of producing corn, soy and finishing swine. The fifth generation and the future of Cedar Family Farms consists of seven grandchildren: Peighton, Preston, Lane, Hayden, Xander, Ryker and Zane.
Years have passed since Wayne and William Norman began their operation in the 1950s. However, the same principals have been guiding our family for over 63 years. Cedar Family Farms works to place a large emphasis on meeting and exceeding the expectations of each landowner who we manage land for today and in the future. This can be seen through our commitment to build and maintain relationships with landowners and employees, excellent operating efficiencies and sufficient working capital to conquer the recurring cycles of agriculture production.
NO TILL & COVER CROP
We utilize no till practices on all corn and soybean acres to ensure minimal erosion by leaving the soil undisturbed between cropping seasons. Additionally we plant cover crop to reduce erosion rates.
We ensure the compliance of biosecurity protocol when handling our swine. We act in the best interest of our animals' health at Cedar Family Farms.
We apply nutrients by the 4R Principals. Through this framework we utilize GPS to ensure the correct fertility application of phosphorus and potash based up on soil sample results. Additionally we make use of section shutoffs on sprayers to mitigate non-point source chemical applications. The only nitrogen we apply is swine effluent and the rest of applied at planing or through side dress applications.
Guaranteeing balanced application of essential nutrients based upon soil and plant availability and characteristics of specific products.
Assessing and determining rates considering soil nutrient supply and plant demand.
Assessing and determining rates considering natural schedule of crop uptake, soil supply, nutrient loss risks and field operation logistics.
Acknowledging root-soil activity, nutrient mobility and controlling spatial variability within the field to cater to specific crop needs and limiting losses.
CEDAR FAMILY FARM VALUES
Bethany Kruse joined Cedar Family Farms in January 2016 as the accountant where she is responsible for financial analysis, planning, and reporting. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2015 with a dual degree in Agricultural Business and Accounting. She grew up on her family’s registered Holstein dairy farm in Eastern Iowa. She and her husband presently reside in southeast Iowa county where they enjoy the peacefulness of their acreage, playing with their dog, and spending time with family.
Tommy Peterson is from Washington, Iowa and joined the Cedar Family Farms team as an operator in November of 2016. Tommy is responsible for operating a bean planter in the spring and routine barn maintenance during the rest of the year. Tommy is the lead bean operator and runs the manure tank. Prior to joining our team, he attended Iowa Western to play football. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and fishing.
Tyler Bish joined the Cedar Family Farms team in January of 2017 as the data/technology guru. Tyler is responsible for collecting, managing, analyzing, and reporting on information obtained from the technology used in our equipment cabs. Tyler oversees sprayer operation and is our harvest coordinator. Tyler is from a small town in western Pennsylvania and is the youngest of three children. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2016 with a degree in Agricultural Systems Technology/Industrial Technology and a minor in Agronomy. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and kayaking.
Jerry Stout is from Washington, Iowa and joined the Cedar Family Farms team in 2007 where he aided in our manure handling business. He now helps oversee equipment going through the shop, corn planting, and harvest. Jerry oversees grain systems and lead sidedress operator. One of Jerry’s favorite past-times is mushroom hunting; however, he refuses to eat them.
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