Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Badger Common’Tater March 2020 Issue

Interview with Mike Firkus

Mike Firkus and Family

Mike Firkus says he has enjoyed working alongside his dad, Lonnie, over the last 25-plus years to grow and improve Firkus Farms to the point where it is today.

“We have worked hard to consistently improve, year after year, to grow the best crops possible through advancing the farm’s technology, as well as acquiring better equipment to improve efficiency, quality and yield,” Mike, who is the manager of Firkus Farms, says.

Crops include mostly contracted acreage of Burbank potatoes for McCain Foods, some Goldrush for the fresh market, sweet corn, peas, field corn, soybeans, hay and straw.

Lonnie started farming after high school in the early 1980’s. “At the time, he was also working in town,” Mike says of his father. “He bought our home farm in 1992, which was a dairy farm previously, and eventually quit his job in town to farm full time when he had the opportunity to contract with Ore-Ida.”

“Since then, many of the old buildings have been replaced with new structures, including our potato storage in 1997,” Mike adds. “The farm has changed dramatically since it was purchased in ’92.”

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