January 03, 2018

Oklahoma wheat farm isn’t business, it’s family

This proud tradition isn’t lost on many of our country’s wheat farmers, especially Daniel Crossley of Okarche, Oklahoma.

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The Crossley Family Farm c. 1905 and 2017

Crossley still lives in the same house on a sprawling farm where he was raised. This land has been in his family for well over a century, with a proud heritage of producing wheat and cattle.

“Our farm and the home I grew up in is the same house that my great-grandfather was born in,” Crossley told The Tiller in an interview, pointing out a picture of the home in 1905.

Daniel says he’s proud to continue the family tradition. Growing up, he and his three brothers helped manage the wheat production. Today, he’s grown into the family business, and he and his wife farm the land.

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Winterhawk greening up in 2017 at Crossley Family Farm

Maintaining the legacy of his family farm doesn’t mean eschewing new techniques or varieties. The family also stays involved by engaging with the rest of the wheat community.

“Wheat still occupies the majority of our acres, but the practice has been modified,” Crossley observed. “I remember stories from my grandfather, about how they were raising 10-15 Bu/A wheat, and they were quite content with their harvest.”

Using WestBred wheat’s varieties and innovative techniques and resources on his centennial farm has Crossley bullish on the opportunity to keep the farm up and running for years to come.

“Lord willing, it will continue on to our children as well,” he said.

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