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Lindemans named McLeod County farm family of the year

The Robert and Lori Lindeman farm southeast of Brownton is in its fourth generation — moving into its fifth generation.
The Lindemans also are McLeod County’s Farm Family of the Year, an honor bestowed by the Minnesota Extension Service to farm families who are engaged both in farming and in their communities.
The Lindeman farm can be traced back to Bob Lindeman’s great-grandfather, Gustav. Since then, it has passed down to grandfather Alfred, Bob’s father Jim and now to Bob. Bob and Lori Lindeman’s son Bryce, currently in college, is already a part of the farm operation and will continue to partner after he graduates from college.
The Lindemans live on the home site, which consists of 160 acres. Most of the land surrounding the site is still owned by Bob’s father Jim. They farm about 900 total acres. They own about 200 acres and have 60 acres in CRP. Bryce is renting 93 acres, which he farms.
Bob Lindeman began farming in 1981.
“I went to one year of college, then started farming,” said Bob, who also helped out his dad while growing up on the farm. His father, Jim, has been retired for about 10 years, but still helps out with the farming operation, as does Shirley, Bob’s mother and Jim’s wife.
Bob Lindeman said that technology has radically changed farming since he started in 1981.
“Back then, you just kind of guessed at yields and planned around that,” said Bob. “Now, you have iPads, GPS in the tractors, auto-steering in combines and other equipment.”
Those things have made farming much more efficient, and less stressful.
“You’re able to work longer hours without as much strain,” said Bryce Lindeman.

For more, see the July 20 print edition of The Chronicle.