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9-Year-Old Farmer Starting Out With 2 Acres
Like most farmers, Aden Franzen checks his corn crop frequently and hopes for rain when he sees the leaves curl. Its the 9-year-olds first year of farming two acres, which he rented for $400.
I paid for the rent out of my own savings. We used seed that Dad (Adam) and my grandpa (Lowell) bought, says the young Lyle, Minn., farmer. It was my dads cousins alfalfa field. We got a new plow and tested it out, so I rode with Dad.
Aden had his first tractor ride at 7 days old, then became obsessed with lawn mowing with his dad when he was 2. His interest in farming continues to grow, according to his mom, Tara.
He watches Market to Market on TV with his dad on Fridays. He checks the weather routinely, she says.
I go on my dad or moms phone to check the apps for weather, Aden says, adding he is learning about corn varieties and yields. Im thinking how much Im going to get and hoping I get a good price.
Hes already found land to rent and hopes to double his acreage to four acres next year with his profits.
His opportunity to farm got better this year when the Franzens added a third tractor. With supervision, Aden cultivated 200 acres for planting after he had help setting up auto steer.
Its nice to have so you stay straighter when you are planting or digging, he says.
Tara notes that Adens grandfather and dad take every opportunity they can to teach Aden, peeling back ears of corn to explain how it develops, for example. They always emphasize farm safety. Aden helps pick rocks and care for the 2,000 replacement gilts the family raises in addition to growing crops.
We are obviously very proud of Aden. Its exciting, Tara says.
I want to be a farmer, Aden admits. But Im thinking about being an agriculture lawyer, too. Its a good job and I know a lot of farm stuff.
For now, he enjoys checking his corn, dreaming about the money his corn crop will give him, and deciding whether he should grow corn or soybeans next year.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Aden Franzen, 12370 505th Ave., Lyle, Minn. 55953 (ph 507 434-9128).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #5