Grow a Profitable Farming Operation & Guarantee the Financial Growth of Your Family Farm (For You & the next generation)

Profitable Farming Operation & Guarantee the Financial Growth of Your Family Farm (For You & the next generation)


Rod here with a quick update …

At the end of the week we’re officially announcing an amazing webinar about the launch of our new partnership…

The topic? Discover how to Grow a Profitable Farming Operation & Guarantee the Financial Growth of Your Family Farm (For You & the next generation)

DATE: June 1st 
Time: Keep your eyes peeled for that

On this New webinar we’ll cover How to: Create a lasting legacy for your farm.

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You can use these techniques to Take Control Over What Happens In The LifeLower the stress for you & your family, and even Discover How To Get Started in Farming &/or How You Can Pass the Family Farm Down To Your Kids And Keep Everyone Happy!

Looking forward to sharing more with you on Friday! 🙂

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The Last Secret Francis Childs Taught Us

The Last Secret Francis Childs Taught Us

Happy Friday! At the beginning of the week we released a podcast that is getting shared like crazy and so we wanted to make sure we gave you all the secrets.  Today we are sharing the LAST secret that Francis Childs shared with us that he used to grow a WORLD RECORD corn crop. He was always the guy who was pushing the limit and that’s how he hit 442 BPA and if you’re reaching for higher yields and profit you can do the same!

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The fifth secret we’re going to share is probably a little unexpected.  It’s that Francis always had a positive attitude. People used to jokingly say “Well, how is having a big positive attitude going to help?” or they would spout off and say “That doesn’t help anything.” Francis would laugh and joke and just say “I don’t know about that but at least it’s a lot more fun to be around the person with a positive attitude then the person with a negative attitude.”  He would also share that having a bad attitude never helped him get where he wanted to go.

Francis was very good at looking at everything as positively as possible.  He expected positive outcomes. He expect positive results and he translated that over into making sure that he was spending the majority of his time with positive people. He wanted to hang around people who were can do people. He spent time with people who believed that there was a better way to farm. He networked with people who were always looking and searching for a better way. I want to encourage you to think about that today.  Strive to have a positive attitude, even if it does nothing different at least it makes us better to be around for our families our churches, and our communities.


Francis was  a tremendous guy, not only was he one of the nicest people I ever had the privilege to meet but was also an incredible farmer. I want to encourage you today to just take a moment and think about the five secrets he instilled in us.  Make sure that we’re planting in a manner which the Pepsi can stays on. 2) always been willing to study. 3) Have a willingness to change after we figured out what the study shows us. 4) how to work with what we have and manage around any issues that are there. 5) to have a great attitude.

I hope this day finds you doing great and that you make this the best year ever.

Be sure to go back to the blog and discover full articles of the full blog posts on the other 4 secrets!  Or hear them right now on the podcast at

The 3rd Secret The Corn King Shared With Us

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Happy Wednesday! Monday we released a brand new podcast that has been blowing up & getting an insane amount of downloads.  So are you wondering what it’s about?  We shared Five Secrets that Francis Childs used to increase his yields and grow a WORLD RECORD corn crop.  Learning from as he lived his life wide open was truly a blessing and it’s an honor to share the secrets he gave us.

Today were spilling secret #3 Francis shared with us which is have a willingness to change.  We often run across people who have such a difficult time with this.

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Several years ago a client of ours shared a story about a neighbor who perfectly illustrated this story.  The neighbor was testing their soybean population the took the first step (secret #2) and ran studies checking out soybean population.  The neighbors were still using a population of 240,000 plants per acre.  After taking the suggestion of running tests they started at 90,000 and they ran population studies at 90, 100, 110, 120, 130,000 ect all the way up  to 240,00 ppa. In their area, in their fields, in their own studies, their number one yield, not their number one money maker but their number one yield was it 130,000 plants per acre. Here’s the kicker though…the guy that ran the study proceeded to do the CRAZIEST thing.  He decided that since the number one yield was at 130,000 plants per acre that they would cut back and plant at 185,000 plants per acre.

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That leaves me scratching my head. He studied, he learned, he knew and yet the neighbor don’t do what was best because he couldn’t bring himself to make the change. So yes, it is important that we always study. However, it’s EQUALLY It is important that after we study we make tweaks from what we learn.  It is important that we try new things on a yearly basis. When we see what happens in trials, then we have to be willing to make changes!  I realized that old habits die so hard. I understand “this is the way we’ve always done it or the way that dad did it or maybe the way that grandpa did it!  Sometimes what we do it deeply ingrained in us. Yet sometimes the practices that we’ve hung onto for generations are the thing that’s our limiting factor.

It’s always interesting to me to see how things in ag have changed. We all understand technology is important. Everyone is using a different planter than what grandpa did. Everyone is using a different tractor than what grandpa did.  No one is using the same hybrids that grandpa did, especially considering that grandpa probably started his farming career by getting some ear corn out of the crib, picking the best ears by hand, shelling them off and planting that seed. I daresay that no one reading this blog is in the process right now of going to the corn crib to pick up some ears to go plant.  Why is it we embrace those changes but not changes in fertility or N management?  Why do we resist change in areas that can make a HUGE difference.  Today I just want to encourage everyone to not only study but also be willing to make the change!

Be sure to check back to the blog this week to discover the other two secrets!  Or hear them right now on the podcast at

The 2nd Secret The Corn King Taught Us

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Happy Tuesday! Yesterday we released a brand new podcast sharing five secrets that we learned from Francis Childs to increase yields.  Learning from him as he was on a quest to be the fastest and the best was truly incredible.

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The second thing that we learned from Francis was to always study. So often in ag we get in the habit of doing something and we just don’t ever stop. For instance, maybe we’ve been using anhydrous for the last 40 years, maybe we’ve always used anhydrous, we don’t remember not using it. So we just do it year in & year out. It is our mindset that we cannot NOT do whatever “it” is. Francis was an anhydrous user early on but Francis was always studying. One of the studies that he ran was he started comparing using nh3 to using 28 or 32. He ran several multiyear studies in the same fields to see what would happen.

Another thing Francis studied was starter fertilizer for years and years and years. (like over 15 plus years of testing)  He tested 4-10-10 and then he compared it to 3-18-18 to see how that worked out.  He was always testing different products from seed Germination aids to pieces of tillage equipment.  Even if he had always used one certain brand of tillage equipment he would still run studies and compare. Studying was something he did differently and it was something he did every season.

Many of the top producers are always studying. I’ve heard many of them say a person needs to always have a test patch.  Regardless of its a 10 acre patch or a whole section top producers literally try and run it off the cliff and see where they can do the outrageous.  Yes, some of them fail. Some are a total zero, but they’re always get new ideas that DO work!  Francis was someone who was always studying and growing!


Be sure to check back to the blog this week to hear the other 3 secrets!  Or hear them on the podcast at

What The Corn King Taught Us

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Happy Monday! Today we released a brand new podcast sharing with you five ideas that we learned from Francis Childs to increase yields.  We cherish the time we shared with Francis.  He was a unique individual who just always looked at things differently and I think that was one of the keys to his success! If we look at things just like everyone else, then we get the same results that everyone else has.

We enjoyed learning from him, we enjoyed working with him and he was just a really awesome human being. As a bonus we want to share one of our favorite memories with Francis that exemplifies what he was like. In about 2005 we were getting ready for a field day and my daughter Karen who was about 11 years old. She had come out to the field to pick some of us up for lunch and she was in a Kawasaki Mule. Francis quickly hopped in and rode with Karen. Once they get about halfway to the house as they were going through a pasture, Francis reaches over, kicks Karen’s foot off the foot feed and puts his foot on it and he says, “I’ll run the gas you steer!” At that moment he smashed the foot feet clear to the floor. In the blink of an eye, I was watching my daughter, literally flying over field terraces, yelling and screaming and giggling with Francis. That was how Francis lived his life…wide open. He was always the guy who was pushing the limit going as fast & as far as he could. Francis was always on a quest to be the fastest and the best.

So today on the blog we are going to share the first thing Francis taught us.  He use to tongue and cheek say “You can never plant corn before 10 o’clock in the morning.” Now let me say… that’s not actually a statistical fact, but let’s dig into why he said that.  The reason he said that was because at his house, the rule was you couldn’t drink a soda before 10:00 AM.  Why does that matter?

You can never plant corn before 10 o'clock in the morning.”

Francis always said you couldn’t plant your corn until you could set a half a can of Pepsi on the box of the corn and drive across the field.  If that half a can of Pepsi would stay on the box and it would ride to the other end of the field, then your field was smooth enough to plant corn.  He was very much adamant about getting a really good contact between the seed and the soil and he was very much adamant about making sure that we had the perfect stand.

Francis used to jokingly say that if a rabbit got halfway down a row, it would have to go all the way to the other end in order to move over to the next role because he couldn’t cut through.  Francis believed a good stand crucial & he always did an incredible job of that.  It was an honor to get to go walk his fields and to be a part of it! It was incredible to see the 442 bpa that he grew up in Iowa. It was also incredible to be a part of being his Nebraska yield of 299.7 as well.  He always strived for the perfect stand and it was a key part of his success. To achieve that it’s crucial that his field was smooth enough and that he was driving the right speed.


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