Marion Calmer

last updated 1/26/2018

Marion Calmer

Owner at Calmer Corn Heads Inc

3056 N 700th Ave, Lynn Center, Illinois, United States
HQ Phone:
(309) 629-9000

General Information


Associates Degree - Applied Sciences , Black Hawk East College

associate degree - applied sciences , Black Hawk College - East Campus


Corporate Member - Conservation Technology Information Center

No-Till Roundtable Session Moderator - National No-Tillage Conference

Board Member - CTIC

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Calmer Corn Heads - About Us

Marion Calmer is a farmer from western Illinois, is the entrepreneur of Calmer's Ag Research, and CEO of Calmer Corn Heads, Inc.
He started his farming operation of 80 acres of corn and 10 gilts in 1975. In 1978, he graduated from Black Hawk East College with an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences. During his farming career, he has grown corn, soybeans, seed corn, soybean seed, and has operated a swine operation. Marion has also spent several hours modifying and inventing farm machinery. During his career, he has gone from conventional tillage to no-till, adopted the use of bio technology, and has gone from growing corn and soybeans in 40-inch rows to growing both crops in 15-inch rows. He also strives to reduce input costs. At one point in time, his corn herbicide costs were as high as $37 per acre and today have been reduced to near $6 per acre. Soybean seed costs have been as high as $40 per acre and today are $20 per acre. During this time, Marion has also reduced the number of field passes that it takes to grow a crop from 9 to 3. In 1991, Marion was selected as one of four finalists for the Illinois Soybean Association's Young Leader Program. Marion has been a DuPont No-till Neighbor and a featured speaker at DuPont and Monsanto Residue Management Conference and the National No-Till Conference from 1994 - present. Marion is a corporate member of the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC). In 1999, he was selected as Black Hawk College's Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. Marion has been featured in several popular farm magazines, such as Successful Farming, Farm Journal, Farm Industry Marion Calmer with daughter Aliza opening up the new plant Marion Calmer and daughter Aliza About Marion Calmer Marion Calmer, High School Junior - 1974 Marion Calmer, 15 inch row corn - 2013 Video with Marion Calmer Marion Calmer On The Cover Of Many Popular Publications Marion filed for his first patent in 1995, and the field test resulted in the first narrow row single chain corn head. These chains need a protective covering, so he invented the low profile, short deck and snout. The new narrow row corn head became more and more popular, and needed to be fit to more than one style of combine, so he invented the universal feeder house enabling the Calmer corn head to fit all combines. After a few years of running the narrow row corn head, it became apparent that a new stalk chop was necessary. Marion began working on a new stalk roll that course, this was not enough; Marion wanted a stalk roll that would be better than a chopping corn head so he invented the Calmer BT Chopper®. -Paul Harvey's closing statement from his Noon broadcast about Marion Calmer's revolutionary invention, December of 1995. "In my humble opinion, Marion Calmer's technology has changed the way corn will be grown worldwide for the rest of time, good day." Marion Calmer Personal Awards/Accomplishments Marion Calmer with Herman Warsaw, the world at Herman Warsaw's farm, Marion became Marion Calmer and Donavin Calmer in front of a 2013 Calmer 32 row 15 inch corn head. The Woodhull, IL reservoir is in the background the same as his ancestors picture to the right.

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