Welcome to Palen Family Farms
Palen Family Farms is a fourth generation farm located in North Central Kansas. With over 100 years of history it has seen its share of challenges and triumphs. From the one-bottom plow of Great Grandpa’s days to Doug’s permanent No-Till practices of today – Great Grandpa, Grandpa, Dad and Son have all been willing to embrace change and provide opportunities for the next generations.
Doug and Tracey Palen own and operate Palen Family Farms as a diverse grain and forage production farm. The primary crops grown include winter wheat, corn, soybeans, grain sorghum, alfalfa and prairie hay, with an occasional field of sunflowers, oats and various cover crops. Now in its 11th year of permanent No-Till production practices, the farm enjoys the many benefits that this system has to offer such as increased operating efficiencies, healthier soils and numerous environmental benefits.
Doug and Tracey are optimistic for the future. As Tracey takes over more of the office responsibilities, Doug is restructuring his time for more direct hands-on management in the fields and shop with his right-hand-man, Kip. “Forever a student” is a principle by which Doug and Tracey manage their growing business. Both are participating in workshops and conferences in an effort to increase their knowledge and implementation of effective farm management practices. The Palens continue to enjoy riding mountain bikes and are always looking for opportunities to expand upon the 13 miles of trail already established on the farm. They will host their 5th annual bike event, Cruise the Blues, the last weekend in August, 2008. Doug and Tracey are eager to use their combined talents and skills to continue to foster growth and opportunities on the farm.
Surrounded by family and friends, we tied the knot on a beautiful summer day in July. We would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to everyone who went out of their way to be part of our special day. Click here to view pictures of the wedding and honeymoon.
“Fun on the Farm” – It’s all about the Journey!