Season 2 Episode 11 - It Just Makes $ense
Decatur County, Indiana farmer Kevin Horstman is a relative rookie to soil health farming, but with the help of neighbors Roger Wenning and son Nick, he hopes to ramp up his farming system in 5 years to levels similar to those achieved by the Wennings in 25 years.
These farmers are joined by CCSI Agronomist Joe Rorick and Indiana USDA-NRCS Soil Health Specialist Stephanie McLain to talk about where they go for information on practices, the money saved on fuel, equipment, fertilizer, herbicides... and labor.
This cropping system saved Roger's farm in 1983. Fast forward to 2018 - struggling with manpower, Kevin convinced an older generation to try no-till and cover crops, His family went from "being efficient" with 6 guys planting down to 3 and saved $3000 in fuel alone that first year.