Ben Klick, March 27

I am a fifth generation farmer with Windy Way farms near Massilon. I work full time on the farm with my dad and grandfather. We are a grain and beef operation. It is a half rural half metropolitan area. We feed beef cattle and raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay.

When I got out of high school we wanted to expand the diversity and we had two bank barns and retrofitted them to make them suitable for feeding more cattle. Last year we built new monoslope barns to feed Holstein cattle and some colored cattle. We enjoy feeding cattle and we think we have a sustainable market for them. We raise our own crops and bedding and mix our own feed so we can be self-sufficient. It is easier to build a barn and feed cattle than it is to pick up farm ground.

With as many cows as we are feeding, we are planting more corn to feed them. We feed around 50,000 bushels of our own corn a year. We grow a lot of wheat for bedding that we need. We fall seed hay after wheat too.

We sell soybeans as a cash crop. We have four semis that run up north to the processors and we haul commodities for a couple local feed mills and dairy farms. We have our hands in a little bit of everything. In this day and age you have to either have an off farm job or you have to be diversified.

We have some sand and gravel bottom ground that we no-till but a lot of our heavier soils we are more conventional till. We have a lot of manure to deal with and we still have the chisel plow to incorporate that.

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