Young Farmer Award: Young farm family learns from experts – parents, grandpas, uncles

Lori Kuykendall
Osage County Conservation District Manager

Young farm family, the Wiscombes: Amber, Justin, Jaycee, Kayden, Lorren. Courtesy photo.

Each year, the Osage County Conservation District honors a young farmer, and this year’s award recipient is Justin Wiscombe, of Overbrook, Kan.

Justin had many teachers in his farming endeavor.  His mom and dad, Diane and Kirk, both grew up on farms and now have their own operation in northeast Osage County. Both of his grandfathers, Jim Wiscombe and Fred Ullery, are farmers. His uncle Kelly Wiscombe also farms in the northeast part of the county.

The first big job Justin remembers doing on the farm was picking up rock and building fence with his dad, grandpa and uncle when he was about 12 or so. About six years ago, Justin’s dad let him plant some double crop beans after his wheat. The beans made 40 bushels to the acre and Justin was hooked.

He now farms around 260 acres in Osage and Douglas counties.  He is working toward applying no-till farming on all his farm ground.  He also has 63 head of cow-calf pairs.  Justin also has a full-time job with Douglas County public works.  He works on the asphalt crew as a paver screen operator.

Justin helps with his dad’s operation and his dad helps him out when he needs it.

“I have had some good teachers,” Justin said. “My dad, grandpas and uncle have been farming in this area since the late 50s and early 60s.”

Justin’s goals for the future include remaining healthy and able to work, paying a few things off, and growing his operation. Justin farms because he likes it.

Justin said his Grandpa Jim told him, “If you’re going to farm and have cows, you’d better like it or it’s not any fun!”

Justin also gets help from his wife, Amber, and their three daughters, Lorren, 11, Jaycee, 9, and Kayden, 6.

“If it wasn’t for their help and support, I couldn’t farm,” Justin said.

Justin, a deserving recipient of the Young Farmer Award, will be honored at the Osage County Conservation District annual meeting 10:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 25, 2021, at the Osage City Community Building. The meeting will be come and go; and all are invited.

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