Stewart Farms is a family owned and operated grain farm headquartered in Yorkville, Illinois. The farm was started more than 60 years ago by the late Robert M. Stewart and his wife Elaine, who originally purchased the main homestead where the farm is still based. The farm is now operated by R. Craig Stewart and his sons Bob and Brad. Craig has more than 40 years of experience of farming in the area.Bob and Brad both received degrees in Ag. Economics from the University of Illinois. Craig's other son John operates his own business of Stewart Spreading. Craig's wife Diane assists with the farm work and prepares meals for the staff. Bob's wife Sarah does the record keeping for the farm. Brad's wife also helps with the farm work and is a practicing veterinarian.
Crops Grown and Markets Served
We raise corn and soybeans.Our grain goes to domestic users as well as export customers around the world.
Equipment and Facilities
We have a full line of modern equipment and grain handling facilities. ·Tracked equipment to reduce soil compaction. ·Crop sprayers to spray our own crops. ·Tiling machine to install and maintain our drainage systems. ·Own and operate our own grain drying and storage facilities.
We continue to adapt our operation to the changes in production agriculture.We are continuing to look for innovative ways to improve our operation. ·Experiment with different seed varieties, tillage techniques, and seeding methodsto determine the best practices. ·Seek knowledge through training programs, interaction with other producers, and involvement with agribusinesses.
We utilize technology to maximize our productivity and monitor our progress. ·Have used yield monitors to collect and analyze crop data since 1996. ·Track all of our field operations with GPS based records. ·Equip our machines with automatic steering systems that guide them through the field with +/-1 inch accuracy.This allows us to reduce overlap in field operations and control traffic patterns in fields.
We are concerned about the environment and we utilize farming practices to protect the environment. ·Limit the use of chemicals. ·Receive training for proper handling of pesticides. ·Use conservation tillage techniques to limit soil erosion.
Our family is involved with our local community and farm organizations. ·Cross Lutheran Church ·Kendall County Farm Bureau ·Kendall County 4-H ·Illinois Ag Leadership Program ·Nabor House Fraternity at the University of Illinois
Our farm operates land in both northern and central Illinois with land bases near Yorkville and Farmer City, Illinois.