Schaefers Brothers Farms was named the Faulkner County Farm Family of the Year.
The Schaefers brothers have been running their farm for 16 years. They started with 550 acres and currently operate on 2,760 acres of farmland. They are well-known in the community for their Schaefers Barn at Lollie and Corn Maze.
“We are part of the Schaefers Barn at Lollie and Corn Maze,” the Schafers brother said. “Everyone in both families assists with these two operations. The Barn has been open five years and is used for many different social events and it takes everyone to make sure everything runs smooth.”
The family opened the corn maze 14 years ago.
“The Corn Maze runs in the fall and we are responsible for planting and managing the corn. Everyone helps out during the operational hours of the corn maze,” the brothers said. “Depending on the weather, an average of 4,000 people come through the corn maze when it’s open. Several schools will send classes out during the day as part of field trips.”
The brothers said they want to “produce profitable crops using the latest information and technology available to us through the Universities, USDA Programs and agriculture companies.”
“We now use precision farming tools to help make sure recommendations are followed at the most efficient way possible,” they said. “This helps us stay profitable by not having wasted time or product which saves money.”
In an effort to put more land into irrigation, the brothers established center pivots on fields that were inefficient to put to grade.
“Fields that we could put on grade have been leveled were row irrigation can be used. This is still a work in progress,” they said.
The brothers have also increased their farm storage.
“We now have a 250,000 bushel grain storage facility. This really allows us to market our crops more efficiently and get crops out in a timely fashion,” they said.
The brothers grew up farming, and they still help their father with his operation.
“We formed a partnership in 2003 and leased our first 550 acre farm,” they said. “This farm consisted of cattle, forages and row crop land. We steadily kept picking up acreage from then on to where we are today.”
The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year will determine the state winner in July and will honor the family during a Family Day at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock.
The program has honored families across the state for 72 years.