About Dan Luepkes
A 5th-generation, Illinois farmer. I was raised on a small 200-acre dairy farm where we milked over 60 cows and raised farrow to finish hogs. From the time I was 7 years old, I was up for the 5 am milking and home after school milking beside my dad full time.
I didn’t even consider college. I graduated early from high school to work for my dad milking cows and farming. When I was 27 our dairy barn burned down. We made the decision not to rebuild. Instead, we raised dairy heifers and farmed our small acreage. I picked up a few small farms and continued to grow eventually saving enough money to buy challenging, low productivity, sandy farms that no one else wanted.
I began learning that these sandy farms could be planted early and with the addition of irrigation combined with high management those acres could out-yield my “good” ground.
In 2013, my seed salesman talked me into entering their company yield contest and I entered a 293-bushel entry. I continued to enter regional contests and placing in the top three.
Since then, I have continued to push the limits. In the last four years, I have placed first in the Illinois NCGA Irrigated Division with 327.5 bushels being my highest entry.
My life has been full of struggles, no fairy tale for sure, but the challenges I have faced have made me who I am and I am beyond thankful for the people that have helped me along the way.
Being a part of XtremeAg and this community of farmers can help push the boundaries of what is possible, allow me to share my knowledge with other farmers and hopefully help others work through their challenges like I have mine.
I am very driven to succeed at what I do. I do my best to turn less than ideal situations into opportunities. I am good at making decisions, can think quickly in tough situations and when dealing with challenges.
I am passionate about everyday life. I try to do the best I can whether it is planting, fertilizing, harvesting, and everything in between. I love farming and I feel a sense of accomplishment from a job well done. Farming is my passion and my calling in life.
The challenges we face are keeping biology alive in the soil with our cold winters, residue management, building fertility in the soil, competitive neighbors, and high rents.
6-Time NCGA Illinois State Winner
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2-time NCGA Illinois State Winner
"Being a part of this community of farmers can help me push the boundaries of what is possible, allow me to share my knowledge with other farmers and hopefully, help others work through their challenges like I have mine."