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December 20, 2013

5 generations of farming comes to an end


While some of the earlier generations of Dallners would have been surprised by all this, Steve didn’t think his dad would have thought too much about it.

“My dad remembered when they changed from horses to the tractor,” he said. “When I was 10 years old, we had a D17 Allis Chalmers the size of the one we sold (Wednesday). So the equipment is entirely different, but that’s about it.”

Just looking at the tractors through the generations of Dallners makes for interesting comparisons. Steve’s largest tractor was about 270 horsepower. His dad’s was 130 horsepower. And his dad’s was 50 horsepower. And before that, there were actual horses.

A few pieces of equipment, the sentimental family ones, didn’t go to the auction site.

“I can’t get out of it completely,” he said with a grin.

The future looks bright for the Dallners, but Steve admitted the same can’t be said for all family farmers.

“There’s a cost investment with a farm, and some people just don’t want to take that risk,” he said. “It’s a hard thing to do, decide who’s going to take over a farm. You have to decide if you’re just interested in the money or who is the best to take over the care of the farm. Each family has to decide.”

For Steve and Diane, it wasn’t that hard to make their decision. It was time. And there are many lessons learned from farming that will stay with them forever.

“Every day, we’ve depended on the Lord, that He’ll take care of everything,” Diane said.

And that will happen whether they’re out in the field or not.

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