wagon winner

“The grandkids are pretty excited!” said Paul Hamlin, winner of the Radio Flyer custom wagon which was given away by The Land magazine on Aug. 14.

Hamlin operates the family farm by Le Roy, Minn. — renting the acreage from his dad. “We grow 142 acres of corn and 120 acres of soybeans,” he said, “plus some hay acres and pasture.” Hamlin raises Angus cattle: 12 milkers, a bull and a handful of animals to keep the freezer stocked.

“Everything is looking real good,” Hamlin said. He was especially pleased with the hay crop this year and said his small grain yields were good as well. The corn is at 70 percent moisture, so Hamlin expects to begin chopping silage soon.

Like many smaller operators these days, Hamlin also works off the farm — driving semi truck. Last week he hauled feed ingredients to Kentucky and came back with cotton seed from Tennessee and Missouri. “One is my side job and the other is my regular job,” Hamlin laughed. “You can pick which is which.”

Hamlin said he has been reading The Land for a number of years and really enjoys Kent Thiesse’s “Farm Programs” column. “I enjoy the newspaper,” he said. “There’s a lot of info.”

Pictured with The Land General Manager Deb Petterson (far left) are Paul and Cindy Hamlin and grandchildren Everett and Adeline.