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Rough Start, Lessons Learned

October 9, 2009
By: Charles Johnson, Farm Journal Editor

Quick Facts

> Location: Mapleton, Minn.

> Partners: Karl and Jackie Duncanson, Pat and Kristin Duncanson

> Children: Four in each family

> Crops: Corn, soybeans, wheat, peas

> Livestock: Hog finishing unit, cattle feedlot

> Size: 4,600 acres

> As Top Producer of the Year finalists, the Duncansons received an expenses-paid trip to the 2009 Top Producer Seminar in Chicago. Click here for information on the contest or click here for information on the 2010 seminar.

As Karl and Pat Duncanson greet this wandering journalist, gazing around at their currently empty cattle feedlot, Karl notes, "This is never going to be a showplace farm." That is not a lament, nor an apology, however. The Duncanson partners never aimed for white-fence-and-manicured-grass pastoral loveliness.

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