The Washburns’ Farm
Tried and true nutrition management combined with the adoption of new, innovative practices, is the key to success for Jon and Bryan.
Jon Washburn has been a proud farmer since 1964, and he enjoys this way of life with his son, Bryan, by his side. Together they grow corn, soybeans, and specialty seed corn across 2,400 acres of land in Union City, Michigan.
It’s the “all-day access pass” to the outdoors and the ability to be his own boss that drew Jon to this career, and now that he is semi-retired, it still gives him a purpose to get up and get going in the morning. While Bryan manages the field work and the hiring, Jon handles the paperwork.
When asked what his favorite thing is about farming Jon said, “It’s nice to have someone you can work with and get along with every day. It’s enjoyable. It’s honestly hard to describe. I guess you could say it’s a love.”
The Washburn’s Field
Made in Michigan
By the Numbers
AVERAGE SOYBEAN YIELD 2021
ACRES IN TEST FIELD
SOYBEAN ROW SPACING
TEST FIELD YIELD GOAL
Jon and Bryan started using ammonium sulfate on corn 11 years ago, but they did not start using it on soybeans until six years ago after attending a grower meeting hosted by their retailer, Ceres Solutions. The agronomist leading the meeting spoke about the importance of sulfur on soybeans, which caught their attention. Jon and Bryan first tried AMS mainly on irrigated ground and saw great results. Over the last four years they have been using AMS on all their soybean acres.
This year, their 114-acre test field will include row spacing of 20 inches and population of 155,000 per acre. They anticipate a 10-bu/acre yield improvement over their average 2021 yield of 65 bu/ac.