ISSUE DATE: 05/18/2009
It was supposed to only be a side business, just 10 acres of brome for hay production.
Little did Phillip Goodyear, or his family for that matter, realize that one simple project would evolve into a thriving farm enterprise.
In the beginning
The Goodyear family members are long-time swine producers in Geary County, Kan. But, Phillip Goodyear decided as a young man that raising pigs wasn't in his future.
"Pigs were not my route," he said. "So I dabbled in hay production, starting out with 10 acres in brome." When Goodyear moved on to Kansas State University he chose to major in business economics, with the intention of returning home to farm and expanding that small hay operation.
Today, Goodyear and his wife, Kristen, with their one-year-old son Ethan, operate Cross Triangle Hay Co., east of Junction City, Kan. They grew their farm from 10 acres in 2000 to about 2,000 acres covering an 80-mile radius today. The couple puts up brome, alfalfa and some prairie hay in small and large square bales and large round bales and sells their crop to dairies and horse stables across the country.
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