Pla-Ground Family Farms
Alexander, Iowa 50420
Harvest is complete! We were able to wrap up our 2014 harvest a week
before Thanksgiving, so we made our goal. The last two weeks were a
bit of a challenge with the frigid temperatures and snowfalls. This
caused later starts in the mornings and shut us down a couple of days,
but we were lucky enough to get a few good days to get wrapped up.
Our yields were pretty much just average this year with a few
exceptions. It seemed the further north we went, the better they got.
However, for how wet the spring and early summer were, we are pretty
happy with the results.
We will be busy for a little while getting everything cleaned up and put
away. Then we are all looking forward to some downtime to spend with
our families. Hope everyone has a safe and happy holidays!
The Plagge family has been farming for many years, with the fourth generation now actively involved in the family farming operation in
north central Iowa. Pla-Ground Family Farms is a partnership consisting of Jay Plagge and his wife, Val; their daughter, Jena;
Jody Plagge and his wife, Connie; their sons Nick Plagge and his wife, Debbie; Luke Plagge and his wife, Natalie; and Mitch Plagge
and his wife, Becky. Each member of the operation contributes his or her own set of strong skills and talents to the operation’s success.
Since Jody and Jay Plagge’s grandfather, Harry Jensen, began the operation in the 1940’s, the operation has grown from a typical small
farm to a thriving farm and swine finishing operation. Typically raising 70% corn and 30% soybeans on owned, rented, and
custom-farmed land. We have a large grain setup for storage and a tower dryer to help keep our combines moving. To help access
several markets we have our own semis to transport grain. In tandem with the grain operation we have a custom hog feeding business.
Pla-Ground Family Farms, through hard work and integrity, will strive to continue its profitable expansion to secure a valuable legacy
for future generations. We plan to position ourselves for the future by growing our acres while carefully maintaining quality relationships
with neighbors, landowners, investors, and the community. We strive to maintain a positive and enjoyable work atmosphere for family
members and employees who share our love of farming and our goals. Our commitment to protecting the environment, worker care and
food safety is at the foundation of all we do. Landowners are a top priority for our operation and we will continue to care for their land as if
it were our own.
Pla-Ground Family Farms uses the latest technology including AutoTrac, GPS yield mapping, grid sampling, variable rate application,
and variable rate seeding to enhance our efficiencies in usage of fuel, fertilizer, and other inputs. Our managerial accounting system,
which produces detailed financial statements and field reports, coupled with professional consulting services help us make sound
strategic managerial decisions.
The Plagge Family is excited about the future of agriculture. Maintaining our strong family values, and work ethic will promote
sustainability, thus allowing future generations to join in our successful family farming operation.
"An Innovative Agricultural Partnership"