Jeff Morse

Located in the fertile Loess Hills near Council Bluffs Iowa, farming is in Jeff’s blood. He farms about 1200 acres of corn and soybeans on some of the rarest and richest soil around — Loess soil. He also runs a growing cattle operation, anticipated to reach 180 head by the end of the year, with calves to follow.

Ask Jeff about his background, and he’ll say he has an agronomy degree in the school of hard knocks. Now Jeff is passing on his hard-earned knowledge to his sons, who are the fifth generation to take on the charge. Both sons are taking on greater roles in the operation this year — one fresh out of college and the other two years deep into the farming practice.

Jeff’s partner to success is AgVenture Yield Specialist Denny Kasperbauer, whom he considers more of a personal friend than a business partner. Together they’ve set their sights on raising an average corn crop of 300-bushels per acre — or better.

5 Generations of Farmers: Making it Count

We’ve been following Jeff and Denny over the past few years as they work together to raise yields and plan for future seasons. Jeff’s sons, Josh and Jared, have joined the farm and work alongside their father — and they’re carrying on the AgVenture tradition. Jared even works for AgVenture as a ProfiZone specialist.

All of them rely on Denny to help select the right seed for their fields, manage in-season applications and plan for the upcoming season. They do it year after year because AgVenture is more than a seed company — it’s a complete plan.

Scenes from an Iowa farm

Jeff Morse is one of the AgVenture "Some Say It. We Do It." bloggers. He lives outside of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and runs a hoop barn cattle operation along his corn and soybean operation. Jeff is working with his two sons to grow the operation and bring them in as fifth generation farmers. One of Jeff's sons, Jared Morse, now works for AgVenture as a Profizone Tech Rep at AgVenture Western Cornbelt.

“Starting the Late Summer Pickup”

Around the Farm

We’ve just been doing work work, work, work lately. At this point, it’s just the late summer pickup, and we’re cleaning things up before fall starts. Of course we’re also taking care of the cows and getting the combine ready. We’re trying to sell about 40 head of cattle. Eat more beef, because we need the cattle market to go up.

In-Season Optimism in Iowa

It’s been raining out there, but we’re busy in the shop. Every year we make some pepper sticks, like beef jerky. Usually we do it in the winter, but we’ve had so much going on that we’re just now getting to it. A lot of times we use our own beef, but this time we cheated. We use some beef, some pork; we add cheese. It’s a good way to take a break and do something different.

Death on the Farm: Grieving in the Midst of Planting

We’ve been going through a rough time lately. Two weeks ago today, my father of 93 years passed away. He was my business partner, my mentor and a big part of my life, and I feel lucky to have had a dad like him for so long in my life. So many people don’t get to have their dad with them near as much as I had mine.

He worked with me on my farm up to the end, as long as he could. He was very proud of the fact that he had grandsons that farmed, and myself. I guess he was proud of me too.

Growing a Grain and Cow Operation Side by Side

Harvest this year seems to drag on and on and on. But in defense of the harvest, being late with our corn crops has a lot to do with it. With being hailed out and having so much replant, it made a big delay in the operation. I think we did rather well for having to replant. We ended up with anywhere from a 40–50 bushel up to 180. It was just all over the board, but I’m pleased.

Comeback Corn—Harvest is Beginning on Replant Crops

Today’s the day—we’re getting the combine ready to start cutting corn and beans. We just got our chopping done on about 50 acres of corn silage for our cattle, and we're ready to start harvesting the rest.

In my neighborhood, I'm probably a little bit behind some of these guys, but beans don't take very long to cut once you start going (if you don't have any trouble). You're taking such a wide swath, and there's just not near as much product compared to corn. There’s about a third less grain to haul to the bins, so our soybeans will be short, hopefully.

Making up for lost ground

Most of our replant has just now completed on pollination, and it’s just starting to fill. Our crop has really made up for a lot of lost ground, I think because we’ve had really great heat and moisture, which is helping convert nutrients to corn, no doubt.

We’ve still got a long way to go, but hopefully Jack will stay away ‘til the first of December. Or at least hopefully we get a late frost.

Devastating June Storms Cause Replanting in Iowa

The June 3rd storm was rather devastating for the crop. We got flat, golf-ball-sized hail, and it ended up being about 3 inches deep by the time it was done hailing. And then it proceeded to rain and storm. It pretty much wiped the whole crop out, so we ended up replanting. Luckily, not all of our fields got hit so hard, but we did have to replant on our two other farms as well.

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