Alice Elison

Alice Elison

Building custom-tough equipment and making welding repairs is what Black Venom Products in Ucon is all about.

“We build it heavy and we build it to last,” said Robert Skousen, owner of Black Venom Products. “We manufacture and weld heavy-duty farm equipment, including land rollers, hay forks and grapples.”

“What sets us apart is that we talk to our farmers,” he said. “We want to create the perfect fit for their operation and make it tailored to their individual needs.”

Heavy-duty land rollers flatten high spots and firm soil. They level fields without packing, thus protecting equipment for a faster harvest. Rollers provide a smooth and level surface for improved seed-to-soil contact, weed control and reduced moisture loss. These can press rocks into the ground so machinery can run closer to the ground, thereby reducing loss. With a smoother ride, plant-protection products and plant foods can deliver a uniform application.

“Tractors are getting bigger,” he said. “And some of our farmers’ equipment isn’t heavy enough to keep up. We put a lot of metal into our equipment. We want them to last and to do the job.”

Skousen is an Arizona farm boy who came to Idaho to attend college at Brigham Young University-Idaho and never left.

“That was 15 years ago,” he said. “I’ve been farming for the past 10 years. Last year after harvest, we decided to do something on our own and purchased this place in January.” The previous owner had named it Black Venom and Skousen decided he wanted to keep that brand.

His equipment is making it around the nation.

“We sold a roller to an Iowa race track recently, and we have a roller headed to Quincy, Wash., to prep a grain field for alfalfa,” he said. “We are busy, busy, busy.”

Skousen and his wife, Christine, a Spanish Fork, Utah, girl, have four children and are expecting their fifth.

“We do all kinds of welding,” he said.

The business employees three people and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located in the Ucon area at 11061 North Moonbeam Drive. The phone number is 208-270-6529.

“We are here to please our farmers,” he said. “If what we do for them works well and they like it we hope they tell their neighbors.”

Alice Elison is a regular correspondent for Intermountain Farm & Ranch. She is an aspiring author and cookie-baking grandma. She can be reached by contacting her at 208-681-7266 or aelison@eoni.com.

Alice Elison is a regular correspondent for Intermountain Farm & Ranch. She is an aspiring author and cookie-baking grandma. She can be reached by contacting her at 208-681-7266 or aelison@eoni.com.