MN Agriculture: Noah Hultgren, A Diversified Farmer
Day 14 of my “30 Days of MN Agriculture” is Noah Hultgren. Noah is a fourth generation farmer located in western Kandiyohi County, MN. Kandiyohi County is in the Willmar are and is known as the area where the lakes begin. What’s interesting about Noah and his family is how diversified their farming business is. They grow six different crops. In addition to farming, Noah is the president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
Social Media Sites:
Facebook: Hultgren Farms
Tell me a little about your farm and/or business?
The Hultgren Farm is a fourth generation farm. They are diverse as they raise sugar beets, corn, edible beans, soybeans, canning crops and alfalfa.
How long have you farmed or been in business?
“I have been farming since 2001.”
Tell me a little about what you grown/raise/produce or service provided.
“We grow a variety of crops. I am also a licensed realtor and appraiser.
One of the crops Noah grows is sugar beets. Noah states, “We are shareholders in Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative in Renville. Our beet coop has about 10 outside “piler” sites. These outside pile sites make it possible for a quicker harvest as there are around 115,000 acres in over 6 counties to be harvested. After the harvest season is over, the beets are hauled throughout the winter to the factory as needed in Renville.”
Noah also grows edible beans. “The edible beans we raise are dark red kidney beans. The process is different as we have to rod/cut the beans and put them in a windrow to dry. We than come with a pull behind combine, as a rotary combine is to hard on the bean. We haul our beans 5 hours to Menomonie, WI. A typical day nets 2-3 semi trucks/day. We have short term storage for these beans, but typically nothing stays at home for more than a week. During the fall, we have 1 guy driving every night/morning hauling a load of beans to Wisconsin.”
Where do you sell or provide services to? Who is your end consumer?
“We sell silage and alfalfa to a local dairy farm. We sell some of our corn to a local ethanol plant.”
What makes your farm/business unique or special? What are you proud of?
“I am proud that this is a family business.”
Why do you grow/raise/produce? What went into your decision to do what you do?
Noah is fortunate to raise food for families.
If there is one thing you could change about farming it would be . . .
I wish consumers had more “ag awareness” and realize that farmers are the experts when it comes to growing food.
What is one thing you wish consumers knew about what you do or your farm/business?
“I wish consumers knew that the crops we grow are safe and sustainable.”
What is one thing no one knows about your farm/business/product that you would like to share?
“There are three generations that live on the home farm.”
What makes Minnesota the place to farm/grow/raise/produce/service?
What is one thing about Minnesota that people from other areas do not know about or are missing because they don’t live here?
“The weather is great!”
What is your favorite Minnesota location?
What is one ag-related place in Minnesota that others need to know about. What is one non-ag related place in Minnesota that others need to know about and why?
“Kandiyohi County is a great ag area and a great place to have fun because of all the lakes.”
Read the other people featured in my “30 Days of MN Ag. ”
There are others that are also participating in the 30 Days of Blogging Challenge. Feel free to check these out:
- Janice Person aka JP Loves Cotton: A Month of Memories
- Rural Route 2 – 30 Days of Farm Girl Faith
- Prairie Californian – 30 Days of Food
- Mackinson Dairy – Women in Dairy