Prairie Sky Farm

Prairie Sky Farm Prairie Sky Farm is a fifth generation family farm in north central Iowa.

A couple of our farm photos landed on the cover of Albert Lea Seed's 2022 Organic Seed Guide.  See the link below!
09/11/2021
2022 Organic Seed Guide

A couple of our farm photos landed on the cover of Albert Lea Seed's 2022 Organic Seed Guide. See the link below!

Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: 2022 Organic Seed Guide, Author: alseed5, Name: 2022 Organic Seed Guid...

Bob’s been busy cutting our fields of oats and rye.
07/19/2021

Bob’s been busy cutting our fields of oats and rye.

Moved our cows to summer pasture.  Love seeing them belly-deep in grass.
06/23/2021

Moved our cows to summer pasture. Love seeing them belly-deep in grass.

The joy of springtime
04/14/2021

The joy of springtime

02/24/2021

Beef shares (quarters, halves) are still available in March and April. Our calves are finished on grass/alfalfa hay, oat silage, and grains - all from our organic farm. Processed to your preferences at Lewright Meats in Eagle Grove. Free delivery within 60 miles of our farm. Message us for more details!

Very little wind and some sunshine this morning helped to make the -5 degree temperature while doing chores feel a bit m...
02/13/2021

Very little wind and some sunshine this morning helped to make the -5 degree temperature while doing chores feel a bit more bearable! Bob has been busy during this long stretch of near zero degree days making sure everyone has plenty of bedding, feed, water, and shelter from the wind. Tomorrow's forecast for our area is a high of -9 degrees with wind chill values as low as -40 degrees. Stay safe and warm, everyone! 🧡

Happy New Year!
01/02/2021

Happy New Year!

Fall harvest of soybean seed increases for Albert Lea Seed House is underway on our farm.  A lot of organization and att...
10/11/2020

Fall harvest of soybean seed increases for Albert Lea Seed House is underway on our farm. A lot of organization and attention to detail goes into this work each season.

Some nice looking ears from our Viking corn demo plots
09/17/2020

Some nice looking ears from our Viking corn demo plots

Combined our field of rye and vetch last evening.
07/30/2020

Combined our field of rye and vetch last evening.

Our roadside prairie
07/07/2020

Our roadside prairie

06/30/2020

Moved our nine cows and their spring calves to summer pasture yesterday... along with our bull, Romeo, of course

Planted organic corn and soybean research trials north of Marshall, Minnesota yesterday.  Special thanks to Victoria and...
05/21/2020

Planted organic corn and soybean research trials north of Marshall, Minnesota yesterday. Special thanks to Victoria and Ava from Albert Lea Seed House for the extra help! It was a successful and sunny day.

Bob has been hard at work making modifications to our research plot planter.  A man of many trades - farmer, researcher,...
05/14/2020

Bob has been hard at work making modifications to our research plot planter. A man of many trades - farmer, researcher, fabricator/welder, agronomist, mechanic, vet, artist... and then some. We will be hitting the road in the coming days (and warmer weather) to plant organic corn and soybean research trials for Albert Lea Seed House.

Checking fields with Chico tonight.  This field of winter rye and vetch will be harvested for seed mid-summer as a speci...
05/13/2020

Checking fields with Chico tonight. This field of winter rye and vetch will be harvested for seed mid-summer as a special project for the University of Minnesota and Albert Lea Seed House.

05/08/2020

One of our new spring calves learning early from the big cows

This little guy found the best spot for the evening!
04/24/2020

This little guy found the best spot for the evening!

Our field of winter rye and vetch is greening up nicely!
03/31/2020

Our field of winter rye and vetch is greening up nicely!

Beef shares (quarters, halves) are still available from our farm.  Shares are processed at Lewright Meats in Eagle Grove...
03/22/2020

Beef shares (quarters, halves) are still available from our farm. Shares are processed at Lewright Meats in Eagle Grove, and we include free delivery within 60 miles of Wesley. Next availability is early May. Please contact us if you'd like more information.

New life on the farm
03/20/2020

New life on the farm

Beef shares currently available, processed to your preferences at Lewright Meats in Eagle Grove.  Fed organic grass/alfa...
02/12/2020

Beef shares currently available, processed to your preferences at Lewright Meats in Eagle Grove. Fed organic grass/alfalfa hay, silage, and grains - no hormones. Free pick-up and delivery of orders within 60 miles of our farm.

It's all in the bag... silage bag, that is! During these cold winter months our cows and calves have been enjoying triti...
01/28/2020

It's all in the bag... silage bag, that is! During these cold winter months our cows and calves have been enjoying triticale/pea, buckwheat, and corn silage - all chopped and bagged last summer and fall from our organic fields - in addition to lots of grass/alfalfa hay. Makes for content cows and happy farmers!

Bob will be sharing his experience as an organic farmer on a Q&A panel during this event.  Check it out!
01/28/2020
Iowa Organic Association

Bob will be sharing his experience as an organic farmer on a Q&A panel during this event. Check it out!

Grow your business with organic producers. This event is for agriculture service providers and consultants to learn more about organic farming and to support farmers interested in organic transition, diversification and expansion.

Peaceful early morning chores... snow on the ground glittering like the stars in the sky as we carried buckets of silage...
12/21/2019

Peaceful early morning chores... snow on the ground glittering like the stars in the sky as we carried buckets of silage to our cattle. Such priceless beauty.

Excited to have wrapped up our fall harvest season yesterday! Combined the last of our organic corn research plots locat...
11/24/2019

Excited to have wrapped up our fall harvest season yesterday! Combined the last of our organic corn research plots located just north of Altura, MN. Plots looked amazing. Proud to be doing this research with Albert Lea Seed House and other regional organic farmers.

Oats cover crop looking good in one of our soybean fields. The oats were aerial seeded by Steier Ag Aviation earlier thi...
09/27/2019

Oats cover crop looking good in one of our soybean fields. The oats were aerial seeded by Steier Ag Aviation earlier this month.

This season we grew several acres of buckwheat for the first time.  We are always interested in trying out new crops to ...
09/21/2019

This season we grew several acres of buckwheat for the first time. We are always interested in trying out new crops to see how they might fit into our organic crop rotation. We were happy with how fast the buckwheat grew and out-competed weeds. Bob swathed and chopped a section of the field to feed as silage to our cattle and then combined the rest for grain. Grain yield and quality was great. Our farm has also been hosting several bee hives this season brought in by an area beekeeper. When the buckwheat was blooming, it was a beautiful site - buzzing with pollinators.

Swathing oats on a lovely August evening...
08/04/2019

Swathing oats on a lovely August evening...

It has been a busy couple of days chopping a field of spring triticale and forage peas for silage.  Our cattle will love...
08/03/2019

It has been a busy couple of days chopping a field of spring triticale and forage peas for silage. Our cattle will love eating this throughout the winter!

Scouting fields earlier tonight and checking flower color in soybean variety seed increases that we are stewarding this ...
07/30/2019

Scouting fields earlier tonight and checking flower color in soybean variety seed increases that we are stewarding this season.

Some photos from our busy spring season... now quickly changing to summer!
06/15/2019

Some photos from our busy spring season... now quickly changing to summer!

First calf of the season born last Saturday. Proud parents Shamrock and our bull, Big Daddy. ❤️
03/22/2019

First calf of the season born last Saturday.
Proud parents Shamrock and our bull, Big Daddy. ❤️

Straw bale surfing! Are you going a little crazy with the continued cold and snow? We must be, too!  Beef shares still a...
03/06/2019

Straw bale surfing! Are you going a little crazy with the continued cold and snow? We must be, too! Beef shares still available for March. One quarter beef averages around $650 (including processing costs) and is processed to your preferences at Lewright Meats in Eagle Grove. Free delivery of your order within 60 miles of our farm - Wesley, Iowa. Figure around five cubic feet of freezer space needed per quarter beef. Interested in beef with great flavor? Want to buy single-source ground beef? Like to support local farmers? Contact us for more information!

03/03/2019
Spring calving season

Anticipating the upcoming 2019 calving season... this is one of our favorite videos from last Spring. Love the sounds of the cows with their calves in the barn.

Shares of beef - whole, half, or quarter – are available from our farm in February and March.  Know your food source and...
02/02/2019

Shares of beef - whole, half, or quarter – are available from our farm in February and March. Know your food source and support local farmers! We would appreciate the opportunity to provide quality beef for you and your family. Message us for more information on current availability, pricing, and processing details.

Read on for more information about our farm… At Prairie Sky Farm we raise soybeans, corn, oats, alfalfa, and grass pasture on 40 acres that are certified organic through Midwest Organic Services Association, or MOSA. An additional 120 acres of family farmland are currently in year two of the three-year transition to being certified organic and will be eligible for certification in 2020. Our eight Angus-Hereford cow-calf pairs and Angus bull, which we added in the fall of 2016, are also an important part of our farming operation.

We take great pride in caring for our cattle – keeping them well cared-for throughout all seasons. We do not use any hormones. Our cows are pastured on grass from June into October, fed organic silage and grains (oats and corn) during the winter months in addition to having continuous access to grass and alfalfa hay. When possible, we allow our cattle to graze our cornstalks and other pasture areas in the fall to early winter, depending upon weather and field conditions.

Both Angus and Hereford breeds are known for their flavorful meat. They are also able to tolerate our cold Iowa winters. Our cows are very good mothers and are gentle to work around. Our bull, Romeo, is also a very easy-going guy and loves keeping his girls happy. He is especially conscious of keeping “his” herd together when out on summer pasture.

Our cattle enable us to utilize a four-year crop rotation. Two years out of our crop rotation fields are in pasture/hay ground, so there is permanent cover for two years. In year three we then grow corn, year four we plant soybeans. For fields not in a pasture rotation, we keep them covered during the winter months to prevent soil erosion by planting fall cover crops or by doing limited tillage and leaving crop residue.

Prairie Sky Farm has been in Sara’s family since 1889, making Sara a fifth-generation farmer. Bob was born and raised on a diverse crop and livestock farm near Madison, South Dakota, before moving to Iowa. We share a love of organic agriculture, good land stewardship, and thoughtful animal husbandry - each season has its challenges and beauty!

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2505 220th Avenue
Wesley, IA
50483

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(515) 928-7690

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Well, we got our 1/4 beef delivered yesterday. Let me just say this, if you want a piece of beef that you chew and chew-look elsewhere; but if you want good eating, tender and flavorful, then you have to give Sarah or Bob a call and get your name on their list. Today we had a chuck roast from our new delivery, and oh my, It was SO tender and FULL of Flavor. “Thank you” for your hard work to bring such deliciousness to your customers.