Pla-Ground Family Farms
Alexander, Iowa 50420
According to the calendar it is officially spring. However, it sure doesn't feel
like it yet as the weather has been in the low forties and below freezing. The
only good thing is the snow is pretty much completely gone. We are hoping
the warm weather will get here soon so we can get a somewhat timely start on
the field work.
We have been keeping ourselves occupied with lots of machinery maintenance
and hauling some rock and corn still. We are currently working on our planter
to outfit it with a starter fertilizer system and also Precision Planting
equipment. It has proven to be more of a task then we originally had hoped
for, but it looks like everything will be ready to go on time.
We have agreed to try several different research projects this year, including
machinery, seed hybrids, seed treatments, and fertilizer treatment trials. This
has made planning a little more difficult, but will hopefully be very informative.
We will continue to keep you updated as the spring approaches.
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"