On our farm we grow corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat. More specifically #2 yellow dent corn, waxy corn, commercial soybeans, soybeans for seed (for two different seed companies), popcorn, and wheat.
Let’s start with the regular dent corn. You’ll notice I didn’t say sweet corn. None of the corn we grow (except popcorn) ends up on your plate as corn on the cob or canned corn, but it does have a lot of other uses. Most of our dent corn ends up at two facilities run by The Andersons. One facility takes corn, beans, and wheat, and the other is for ethanol production. All of our wheat ends up at the first facility. Mostly because it’s close by, and we don’t grow much wheat so we aren’t interested in storing it.
The rest of our corn is waxy corn. All of our waxy comes from Pioneer. Waxy corn goes through the wet milling process which extracts the starches. Corn oil and corn sweeteners are also produced. All of our waxy corn goes to Tate & Lyle. If you’ve used SPLENDA, you’re familiar with one product of the wet milling industry.
I mentioned earlier that many of our soybeans go to The Andersons. We also deliver beans to Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). They use soybeans for a variety of purposes including feed for livestock and fish. The rest of our soybeans are grown as seed for future crops. We grow the seed for two different companies. When harvesting and transporting seed we have to be sure our equipment and trailers are cleaned out so that the seed being delivered is as pure as possible. This process actually starts at planting time. When it’s time to plant beans for seed we make sure the planter is cleaned of any other varieties of seed so we know there’s not even a little bit in the seed field.
Finally we have popcorn. If you’ve purchase microwave popcorn at Wal-Mart, then there’s a chance you’ve eaten something that we’ve grown. All our popcorn is grown for Pop Weaver. If you click on the link you’ll see they have a really great website that tells you all about their products. Be sure to look at the FAQ and you’ll find our popcorn is gluten free, GMO-free, Kosher, contains no partially hydrogenated oils or trans fats, and is whole grain!
Have you heard of The Popinator from Popcorn, Indiana? A while back I spotted a bag of pre-popped popcorn in the grocery named Popcorn, Indiana. I thought this could be another avenue for us to sell into a niche market. When I flipped the bag over I saw that Popcorn, Indiana was based out of New Jersery. Later, at a Pop Weaver grower meeting, I found out that Weaver supplies Popcorn Indiana the majority of it’s kernels. So I was growing for them without even knowing it!
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