Mattson Farms is a large scale, no-till, dry land, cereal grains farming operation. We are located north of Chester, Montana, situated between the Sweet Grass Hills and Tiber Dam Recreation Area. Since 1911 our farm has been 100% family owned and operated.
October 21, 2015
An Early Harvest, Quick Fall, and Winter is Around the Corner.
Mattson Farms had an early harvest this year, which is never a good sign. Rains never fell until mid-May, which was far too late for most of our crops. Some fields were fortunate enough to recieve some spotty rains and produce a decent crop, but we were in the fields with combines as early as mid-June, and according to my elders, that is the earlilest they have ever seen machines rolling. Our Pea crop was the worst we have experienced in the 8 yeas we have been growing them, both in quantity and quality. Our wheat crops were low in quantity, but very high in test weight and protein, however there is little to no premium for protien and the price of grain is well below $5.00.
Thankfully by mid-September some rain fell, which allowed us to hit the fields hard with the planting of Winter Wheat. Following seeding, we finished up our final spray applications to keep the fields clean of volunteer and cheat grass and started the process of putting the equipment away for winter. As winter arrives, we are gearing up for "convention season", which allows us an opportunity to continue our education and advance our skills. We are very active in the Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Farmers Union as well as local boards and organizations. This time of year we will also be moving equipment into the shop to get things worked on through out the winter.
This year we were fortunate to have 2 wonderful helpers from South Africa joining our operation as a part of the H2A program. They have helped us mitigate our inability to find a local labor force. We hope to continue with this program and maybe even convince the boys to return for next season. Like all farmers, we are already gearing up for next year, praying for more help, more rain, and better grain prices.
Custom Pesticide Application
Mattson Farms is commercially licensed for pesticide applications. Using 2 Case 4430's, with 120' boom, self-propelled sprayer for all herbicide, fungicide, insecticide, and liquid fertilizer stream-bar applications.
Custom Fertilizer Application
With a 70' boom Case 4520 Floater Truck, Mattson Farms is happy to help with fertilizer spreading needs when springtime seeding keeps you busy.
Mattson Farms produces High Quality, High Protein, Winter & Spring Wheat with remarkable baking qualities. Grain can be purchased in any quantity, from pounds to bushels. See our grain page for milling specs.