Spring Valley News

2018 Harvest is Complete!

It was another unique year for us.  The weather cooperated with us for the most part.  We had a good stretch of weather to harvest edible beans.  Then we got some wet weather that pushed us back for a while.  Next, we got a short window to finish up edibles. 

After that, we usually would start harvesting soybeans, but with the drippy weather we started in on corn harvest.  We combined corn for a while, then switched to beans on a good stretch of weather.  During this time, we set some new records for acres combined per day in soybeans!  Then rain came again, and we switched back to corn. 

We then had a small open window to finish the soybeans.  Our team pushed hard and got done at 2:00 a.m.  After that we got up at 7:00 am that same day, switched to corn and completed corn harvest at 4:00 pm.  That was a first year ever on our farm to finish soybeans and corn on the same day!

During sugar beet harvest we had some mud to fight on some fields and others we did not.  The warm weather and rain created a lower quality beet than what we would have liked. However, we did have harvestable tons, which is good.    

Overall, we feel very blessed with the 2018 crop.  Weather data says that we had the shortest growing season (days between last killing frost and first killing frost) this year than the previous 5 years. Fortunately, we had a lot of heat to make up the difference.

Thank you to all who helped bring in a bountiful harvest!

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10 Steps to Achieve Any Goal

Personal accountability is No. 1!

1) Redefine accountability. 

Stay true to yourself and your goals. You must view your accountability as a gift to yourself.

2) Think as if your life depended on it. 

When you shift to a determined, creative mindset, you begin to discover solutions for challenges that you may have believed were out of your control. While your life may not be at risk, your happiness and success are.

3) When you can’t control your circumstances, don’t let your circumstances control you. 

Whether you get off the couch on your own or require a little nudge from somewhere else, the point is to get out there and do something.

4) You’ve got to want it more than you don’t want it.

 Everything will exact a certain price from you—energy, effort, patience, resources. Success comes when you hit a tipping point and begin to desire your goal more than you dread the cost of reaching it.

5) Don’t let gravity pull you down. 

It seems that tough problems and challenging obstacles have enough mass to pull you away from getting what you want. This force gets bigger and stronger as the challenges get larger and tougher. Don’t give in!

6) Every breakthrough requires a bold stroke.

When you discover your own internal power, you see that you have the right, the ability, even the obligation, to create your own best reality.

7) Ask for feedback. 

Soliciting advice and criticism from others creates accountability. 

Feedback is key to overcoming blind spots and achieving better results.

8) Ask yourself, Am I a renter or an owner?

 We care more for the things we own than for the things we rent because we don’t have as much invested in things that are temporary. If you’re really committed to achieving your goal, go all in.

9) Prepare to move a lot of dirt.

The bottom-line secret to success: Keep digging.  Never give up. Persist!

10) Make it happen! 

Make a choice and act on it.  True success doesn’t come from the outside but from within.  Taking greater personal accountability is the key to succeeding in everything you do. 


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What Makes a Dad?


God took the strength of a mountain,

The majesty of a tree,

The warmth of a summer sun,

The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,

The comforting arm of night,

The wisdom of the ages,

The power of the eagle’s flight,

The joy of a spring morning,

The faith of a mustard seed,

The patience of eternity,

The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,

When there was nothing more to add,

He knew His masterpiece was complete,

And so, He called it….Dad!

                                                                                                                -Author Unknown

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8 Dimensions of Life

Dr. Alan Zimmerman surveyed 100,000 people and asked them this question: “What do you want out of life?”. By far, the most frequent response was “I just want to be happy.”

Nothing wrong with that.

The trouble is … it’s very difficult to be happy at home, at work, in your life, or in your relationships … if you’re not healthy.

And most people aren’t nearly as healthy as they could be.

A truly healthy person is healthy in all 8 dimensions of life:

Physical, Recreational, Occupational, Financial, Emotional, Relational, Mental, and Spiritual.

After 30 years of research, I discovered the answer. The champions are HEALTHY in all 8 dimensions of life.

And I learned that the people who never quite get ahead, who never seem to reach their full potential, who never seem to have enough money, who never seem to have the best relationships, who never seem to get ahead in their jobs are UNHEALTHY. They are lacking in 1, 2, 3 or even more of the 8 critical dimensions of life.



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Builders and Wreckers

Builders and Wreckers

I watched them tearing a building down,

A gang of men in a busy town.

With a heave and a ho and a mighty yell,

They swung a crane and a sidewall fell.


I asked the foreman, “Are these men as skilled

As the men you hire when you have to build?”

He gave me a laugh and said, “No, indeed!

Just common labor is all I need.

I can easily wreck in a day or two

What builders have taken a year to do”.


And I thought to myself as I went my way,

Which of these roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder, who works with care,

Measuring life with a ruler and square?


Am I shaping my deeds by a well-laid plan,

Patiently doing the best I can?

Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town,

Content with the labor of tearing down?


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Teaching the Next Generation

We have gained knowledge and wisdom by making mistakes and living through other experiences and it is now our task to teach our children these things.  People have not changed a lot over the years.  Attitudes, emotions and resiliency are very similar today as they have been in the past.  This can be viewed as being bad or good.  Bad in the fact that we continue to make the same mistakes over or good by being able to study history and learn from it if we so desire.

Most importantly is to teach the next generation of the Love of Christ and the importance of serving him as Lord and Master as we journey here below.  There is no higher calling than to serve Him.  The Bible tells us very clearly that man is inherently evil and that we must teach our children to be good.  This can be difficult to do day after day but it will be worth the effort if we can attain Heaven.

We must also teach our children about the history of our country and our families.  This great country was founded on the inherent belief that men have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  This is important because we have the freedom to worship as we choose, we can travel without restriction, and we can vote on leadership that aligns with our beliefs.  Each one our families are unique with different stories in how we got to where we are today or where we came from and the challenges that we faced to get from there to here.  This is important information to tell the next generation so they can understand why we believe what we do.

There are few things more satisfying that sitting down and talking with your children and sharing with them the wonders of life.  Explaining to them for the first time why the sun comes up in the East or how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly or telling the history of your family and where their traits come from. 

Let’s each one take the time to teach the next generation!

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Here at Spring Valley Farms we are passionate about active relationships. As we spend time this winter planning for 2017, we are very grateful for the people and organizations that we work with to make it all happen.

For a relationship to be active there needs to be ongoing open and honest communications-creating ways to work together to implement win-win solutions for all areas of the business. Whether we are working with our bankers, seed dealers, crop protection suppliers, plant food suppliers, feedlot customers, trucking customers, insurance agents, land partners or land owners we appreciate feedback and creative thoughts and ideas about how to get better at what we do.

Please take a minute to review the Spring Valley Farms Hedge Hog concept and you will see that Active Relationships are one of the three areas we are focused on as we make long term decisions.

Spring Valley Farms Hedge Hog Concept

Our Passion is Active Relationships

Our economic engine is Agricultural Commodities

We can be the best in the world at Efficient Resource Utilization 

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Core Values

Core values are a vital set of key principles that guide a business. In the course of writing, “Built to Last” Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras spent six years researching organizations that have endured recessions and depressions over the decades. One of their key findings was that in every case these companies defined their core values early on and built a culture of people around them. 

Spring Valley Farms Core Values:       

Team Work- Are you willing to help out where ever you are needed? Are the procedures in your area efficient and simple?

Honesty & Integrity – do your actions promote the image of the company? Do you do a great job even when no one is looking?

Strong work ethic – not only do you work hard but do you work smart?

Humility – Is your ego properly balanced?      

Candor – Do your words and actions help people grow?

Possessing a strong culture is one of the biggest competitive advantages that a business can have. It take all hands on deck to execute but it is well worth the effort.   

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