Welcome to Payne Sod Farm and Evolution of the Sod Farm
Payne Sod Farm started small and has grown into an excellent sod producing farm on the south side of Chicago.
Our farm will serve you with quick delivery, quality sod, and great family business style customer service.
We treat every customer with great respect and value every relationship. We sell to a variety of customers that include landscapers, commercial builders, golf courses, and homeowners. We try to harvest through all conditions if that's what the customer needs. We work closely with our suppliers to make sure that our product will be superior.
The ongoing expansion of Payne Sod Farm, Inc. reached the international level in July of 2013 when the farm was the host of the Turfgrass Producers International annual summer show. More than 400 vendors and sod growers from all over the world were in attendance to the display in the 200 acre field set up in rural Manteno.
Evolution of the Sod Farms
Ron Payne first started in the turf industry in High School. He enjoyed working at various golf courses and later became a superintendent. From there he realized that he wanted to start his own business in Sod Farming. In the spring of 1975 the first sod field planted was 5 acres of the 6 acre farm. Ron used a walk behind Ryan sod cutter to harvest the first crop. Shortly after that, business began expanding and Ron purchased a tractor mounted sod cutter. As the farm continued to grow, 2 more tractor mounted machines were added to the team and 3 machines allowed for several loads to be harvested daily. Justin, Ron's son had always been around the business but in the spring of 2000 he decided to make it a second generation business helping the family and growing the production larger. In 2003 Payne Sod Farm decided to automate harvesting and bought a Trebro Autostack. This gave them the capability of cutting two rolls of sod at the same time and only needing 1 person to operate the machine. Together Ron and Justin have continued to stay efficient and accurate by using GPS, automation, and advancements in all aspects of the turf industry.