Tricked Out highlights creative ways farmers have made their farming operations more productive.
The Behn brothers of Hampton have adopted a wide range of technology to develop an identity for their operation as well as help them in their work.
1. After enjoying his brother Kevin’s website, BehnBrothers.com (developed by Kevin and his wife, Stephanie, to share fun glimpses of Iowa life with Stephanie’s family in Virginia), Bruce and Janet Behn wanted a website of their own, to be more educational about farming. Thus, was born their brand, BehnGrain.com. The website includes links to commodity markets, weather and much more.
2. Bruce is the full-time farmer. Kevin’s full-time job is with a telecommunications company, and Larry works in sales at an implement dealership. They all team up during planting and harvest and get a lot of work done, but they have fun doing it. They have been among the first farmers in the community to have smartphones and iPads in the fields with them.
3. Kevin is the technical one, they say, who introduces the others to new gadgets and updates their websites, as well as their church’s, using GoDaddy servers and Microsoft software. He says, “It’s easy. You buy a domain for a reasonable price and then the program walks you through what you need to do.”
Cool factor. The Behns choose a theme for each harvest season and Kevin puts a video together, set to music. After attending the 2011 REO Speedwagon concert in Ft. Dodge, Bruce decided the harvest theme would be “Keep Pushing On,” and “KPO” became their new buzzword. The video includes lots of eating, but Bruce says, “During those long days in the combine, food is a highlight!” See the video at http://youtu.be/JoeldZI4t4w
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