Marion is a farmer from western Illinois and is the entrepreneur of Calmer's Ag
Research and 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.
Calmer Corn Heads
Corn Heads, Inc.
3056 700th Avenue
Lynn Center, Illinois  
Phone : (309) 629-9000
Fax : (309) 629-9001
Email : mcalmer@
Marion Calmer 1974
Marion Calmer today
Marion is also the President of Calmer's Agronomic Research Center and Calmer
Corn Heads, Inc. Please see those links for more information.
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that only you can hear.
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never by looking back.

CEO - CALMER Corn Heads, Inc.
President - CALMER Ag Research
Owner/Operator - CALMER Farms
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 1994 and 1995, he received State and National Honor Awards
from the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). Nominated
for the JC Young Farmer Award in 1995 and in 1996, won the No-till
Innovator Award for the category - Public Image of Agriculture. In
1998, he was selected as one of the 25 most influential people in
. Agriculture.  
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 News, Prairie Farmer,
Corn Farmer, Corn and Soybean Digest, Pig
American, and many others.
About Marion Calmer...
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Marion Calmer with daughter Aliza opening up the new plant
Marion Calmer and daughter Aliza opened Calmer Corn
Head's new production plant north of Alpha, Illinois for
business in April 2005
Marion Calmer started with 80 acres of corn in 1975
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moving to 15" & 20" rows
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