Lamb Farms has evolved from a small single family operation to an enterprise supporting several families. We currently raise crops on around 9,200 acres. Our primary crops grown are corn and soybeans. Around 1/4 of our corn is popcorn which we raise for Weaver Popcorn. Weaver is a dominant worldwide popcorn company.
In 2008, we raised seed corn for Pioneer Hi-bred. This is a labor intensive method of crossing two different parent seeds to create a hybrid seed corn for general planting use. Most of the rest of our corn is Waxy corn, which we market with National Starch and Chemical. They use this type of specialty corn to produce consumer products such as food additives or ingredients in personal care products.
Most of our soybeans are seed beans produced for Pioneer Hi-bred. The seeds we raise will be processed and conditioned for retail sale the following year. What we are really doing is multiplying the quantity of available seed for farmers, in general, to plant. To ensure a pure product is produced, we adhere to strict Identity Preserved guidelines from the different companies. Our harvest equipment is operated differently depending on the best practices for that particular crop. In an effort to improve harvest efficiency, all harvested crops are unloaded on the go from our combines into one of our grain carts. The carts can hold enough to fill a semi-trailer and are equipped with scales, so we are sure of the harvested quantities. Grain is hauled from the fields to storage in one of our semi-trailers.