WHEATFIELD, Ind. — The Duttlinger Family has a packed
calendar this spring.
Between sports practices, 4-H projects and planting, there
is no shortage of activities planned for Dave and Jill Duttlinger, along with
children Nathan, 8; Max, 6; Grant, 3; and Annabelle, 1.
The Duttlingers were named Indiana Farm Family of the Year
in December. The award is given to an outstanding farm family every year by
Beck’s Hybrids and Indiana
“We’ve been able to get everything accomplished so far this
spring,” Dave said. “Our ground conditions have been quite favorable for work
the past two weeks. We’ve got some planted and are just trying to take advantage
of the dry conditions we have right now.”
The family members grow corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.
They also manage a beef cow and calf herd and a trucking business.
A lot has happened since they were named Farm Family of the
Year. The couple celebrated 10 years of marriage, and daughter Annabelle turned
“Our winter was pretty much like everyone else’s — cold and
snowy,” Dave said. “It was a challenging winter — from keeping cows fed to
keeping diesel trucks running and not freezing up. We had a wonderful Christmas
and New Year’s.”
The Duttlinger children are doing well in school and have
maintained perfect attendance. They are staying busy participating in soccer and
This is a big year for Nathan, the oldest child.
“It is his first year of 4-H, and he’ll be showing sheep,”
Jill said. “Preparing for that and spending all that time at the fair this
summer is something we’re looking forward to. It will be something new and
different on our plates this year.”
The family also is looking forward to going camping when it
warms up, as well as visiting Cedar Point later in the summer. The Duttlingers
won a trip there as a prize for being named Farm Family of the Year.
“The kids are bouncing off the walls and can’t wait to go,”
In the meantime, Dave and Jill are staying busy working and
being involved with their community. Dave now is a board member for his county
The family is enjoying spring and looking forward to the
completion of planting.
“It’s nice going outside without having to wear coats and
winter gear,” Dave said. “It’s nice seeing grass growing again and calves
playing out in the pasture. It’s also nice to be able to able to get back in the
fields and do productive work again.”