In the latter part of the 1960's, Russell and Stella Stewart received word that Interstate 75 would be routed through the middle of their farm in Butler County, Ohio.
Their two sons, Roger and Kenneth, knowing that farming ran too deep in their blood to hang up their flannel shirts for good, set out to find a new place to drop their plow and call home. In 1960, they pooled all of their resources, packed up their wives, young children, and dogs, then made the move to Pike Township in Madison County, Ohio where they laid the corner-stone of what was Stewart Farms, Inc. As Roger's and Kenneth's sons grew up and started to farm, the partnership amicably dissolved so that each brother had his own farm.
Roger and his wife, Lila, named their farm after the adjacent creek, Spring Fork, and in 1979 Spring Fork Farms, Inc. was incorporated.
Currently, Spring Fork Farms, Inc. owns about 1250 acres and leases another 800 acres. The average year consists of 800 acres of corn, 900 acres of soybeans and 200 acres of wheat. In order to preserve the farmland for future generations, Roger employs no-till and minimum tillage techniques when planting to help keep the topsoil in place.
Farming has come a long way since Roger began helping his father as a young boy. He remembers pulling the plow with a horse, and having to hand pick and husk the corn. Today, the farm's combine has a 20 ft. corn head and a 35 ft. grain head. Utilizing the John Deere Green Star System even makes steering optional. Roger's great grandchildren, who have already started helping on the farm, will be 6th generation farmers. Will the changes they see be as significant as the changes their great grandpa has seen?