OBERBROECKLING FAMILY FARMS
a family business
Oberbroeckling Family Farms is driven by the desire to excel in progressive agricultural production. Strong family values and dedication to producing quality products establishes our farm identity. Sound business ethics will yield a sustainable future in agriculture. Our goal is to cultivate honest relationships with land owners wishing to continue their family’s legacy of working the land while allowing sustainable opportunities for future generations.
Oberbroeckling Family Farms is a family farm based in the community of Garnavillo, IA, about 50 miles north of Dubuque, IA. The farm is currently managed by 2nd ad 3rd generations of the Oberbroeckling family. We produce corn, soybeans, and pigs. We also operate a commercial trucking business, Oberbroeckling Enterprises. Most of our corn crop is exported down the Mississippi River with a smaller portion turned into ethanol. Our soybean crop is also exported down the Mississippi River. Our pigs are custom fed for a local farmer.
Oberbroeckling Family Farm's soils are primarily silty clay loams with limestone bedrock, with 2-20% slopes. Organic matter levels range from 1.5% to 4%. We typically receive 35 inches of annual precipitation. A key focus at Oberbroeckling Family Farms is to increase sustainability through improved agronomic practices. Oberbroeckling Family Farms insources almost every operation on our farm. This allows us to have records of all field operations available at any time to pass on to our landowner partners. We do our own grid soil sampling of every field we operate to establish a baseline for soil fertility.
We apply all of our own crop protection products and fertilizer to every field we farm. Equipment is equipped with section control and auto steer technology to eliminate overlap. GPS maps are created for yields and application of any product that is applied to the land. This gives us precise records of what products are applied and holds us accountable to do our part for the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Variable rate phosphorus, potassium, nitrogen, lime applications as well as seeding are all implemented on our farm
Conservation plans are adhered to utilizing no-till planting when possible to reduce soil and nutrient runoff from the land. 22 inch row corn and 15 inch row soybeans are used to maximize production capability from the land. Funding is allocated annually to build conservation structures such as terraces, shape waterways. and the use of cover crops. Our risk management plan for commodity marketing typically looks ahead three years into the future to protect margins as they are available.
We are always on the lookout for new opportunities as they arise. We have grown both non genetically modified corn and soybeans and have performed custom hire services for other area producers.
Above all, Oberbroeckling Family Farms strives to be fair and honest with its employees and suppliers while providing top notch service to our customers. With the increasing competitiveness of agriculture, sustainable farming practices must be coupled with stellar customer service. Oberbroeckling Family Farms is blessed to have a strong team that is mindful of both.
The Oberbroeckling Family
MIKE & BARB OBERBROECKLING
ERIK, EMILY, LEVI & MAX OBERBROECKLING
RYAN, KRISTIN & RAELYNN
Our Roots Grow Deep
1959 Don Oberbroeckling founded operation 5 miles east of Garnavillo, IA.
Milked 40 Holsteins, farrowed and raised pigs, raised corn and alfalfa
1975 Mike Oberbroeckling joined the operation
1992 Dairy herd was liquidated, emphasis focused to farrowing and raising pigs
1999 Pig feeding enterprise was switched to a custom feeding format
2004 Erik Oberbroeckling joined the operation
Formed Oberbroeckling Enterprises, a commercial trucking company
2006 Grain storage expanded from 30,000 bushels to 120,000 bushels. Grain drying equipment was also modernized
2009 Grain storage expanded from 120,000 bushels to 2000,000 bushels
2010 1500 bushel per hour tower grain dryer installed
2012 Ryan Oberbroeckling joined operation
Formed River Ridge Pork, a pig feeding business
Grain storage expanded from 200,000 bushels to 325,000 bushels
2014 22" row spacing corn was adopted
Erik & Emily Oberbroeckling selected as Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer of the Year
2016 Farm shop and machine shed constructed
2018 Grain storage was expanded from 325,000 bushels to 470,000 bushels
2019 Grain dump pit, receiving leg and 21,000 bushel wet grain storage installed
Currently in Progress
January 22, 2020
Shop work is underway to get equipment prepped for the 2020 growing season. We bring in every piece of equipment throughout the winter months and give them all an inspection and check over to ensure they are ready for the field this spring.
Fall Harvest Wrapped Up
December 5, 2019
The crew wrapped up harvest on December 5th. Harvesting was a challenge this year due to abnormal weather in November compounded with LP gas shortages that forced corn drying operations to shut down occasionally while we waited for propane gas. We wrapped up out soybean harvest just ahead of Thanksgiving. We were forced to dry the last 12000 bushels of soybeans we combined, as moisture levels were 17-18% coming out of the field.
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Presently we are spraying fungicides on both corn and soybean crops at the farm. The growing season has been very ideal throughout most of the summer. Work is underway in the shop to get harvest equipment prepped and ready for the start of harvest.
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