After seeing the success of a neighboring farm using the Midwestern BioAg program, Minnesota-based farmer, Darrell Luhman, decided to try the BioAg Way.
Reluctant at first, he split-tested his hay – applying BioAg product on only half of his hay field. He baled the hay off and was soon visited by his BioAg consultant who requested an experiment. Together, Luhman and his consultant, threw down two bales of hay, one from each side of the field. The cows came to the manger, grabbing the bales of hay and throwing them up in the air. They all had mouths full of hay.
When they were ready for the next mouthful, the cows all went after the BioAg bale. His BioAg consultant said, “I rest my case. The reason they went after that bale is because it has more vitamins and minerals from our fertilizer. That gets into the plant, making it taste better and be more nutritious. Your cows just showed you which bale they like the best.” After that, Luhman has been a Midwestern BioAg customer for over 15 years.
Quality feed has made a big difference in his operation and bottom line. He sees this difference over time with reduced veterinary fees and higher pregnancy rates among his dairy herd. Luhman says, “I’ll put BioAg at the top of the list for quality feed.”
Acknowledging that people, farmers especially, don’t like to spend money, he adds, “the BioAg bill is one bill that doesn’t bother me because I know what I am getting back.” As a dairy farmer, “it’s not about how much milk is in the tank. It’s about how much milk in that tank is yours.”
Over the years, Luhman has used a mix of Midwestern BioAg products from dry fertilizer and nitrogen to soil amendments like Bio-Cal®. He says, “I always rely on my consultant to me what to do. It makes it a lot nicer to work with people who know what they are talking about.”
Luhman has had a lifelong love for farming. He recalls, “all the way through school the only thing I cared about was farming.” Today, the love is still going strong. “Things have been good with farming. I’m very happy.”
“I believe in what BioAg is doing.” With that full belief, he pays it forward – always sharing his success stories with his neighbors, so they too can be happy.
Paul Burrs, a first-generation farmer from Northern Illinois, who owns and operates Hickory Ridge Farm, found his testimony for Midwestern BioAg this year. “Midwestern BioAg is going to fit well with what I need in the future,” said Burrs.
Burrs grew up working on a local farm throughout high school where he dug into his passion for agriculture and found his employer to be instrumental in helping him start his career. Upon graduating high school, Burrs went on to study agronomy at Illinois State University.
Today, Burrs operates 1,200 acres where he farms corn, beans, wheat, and alfalfa. Additionally, he raises about 60 cows/calf pairs.
Burrs is currently in the process of transitioning into organic. “I find I have to maximize whatever I can,” states Burrs.
Struggling with an old hay field and poor alfalfa stands, Burrs turned to Midwestern BioAg. He was looking for a method or product to bring him positive results – a solution that could optimize his current operation and support his transition to organic. After connecting with Steve Lundeen and Nathan Lamkin, consultants for Midwestern BioAg, Burrs began using OrganiCal. The struggling hay field seemed to have found a solution.
“I called Steve this spring and said, I can’t testify that this [OrganiCal] was the answer, but it sure looked amazing. I feel like I harvested more hay than ever before, and it’s an old hay field,” Burrs said.
Pleased with his experience with MBA and the OrganiCal product, he confidently states, “this is our first year with MBA and we will be working with them in the future. As far as making the transition to organic, you guys seem to have some products that pair with what we are trying to do.”
Midwestern BioAg finds great appreciation and gratitude toward customers like Paul Burrs who are excited and passionate about developing their operations and are finding success with “The BioAgWay.” As Burrs says, “I really like what BioAg has to offer. It aligns with what I want moving forward.”