‘You are not alone!’
‘There is hope!’
If there were two messages from the eight South Dakota farmers we sat down with in early 2020, these would be it.
2018 and 2019 were tough years. This remains true for all farmers—regenerative, conventional and everywhere in between—but by growing resilience through soil health, many producers are giving themselves a fighting chance.
This video sets the stage for our upcoming series where eight farmers (along with several NRCS and extension field specialists) discuss the top lessons learned in 2018 and 2019 and their outlook for the future. Hear what they have to say, learn from their lessons and see if their practices might apply to your operation.
Farmers in this series include: Daniel Harnisch (Clayton); Charlie Edinger (Mitchell); Bryce Rabenhorst (Salem); Craig Stehly, (Mitchell). Kurt Stiefvater (Salem); Ryan Larson (Garretson); Nate Stroschein (Crooks) and Ross Hanson (Garretson). Gain insights into 2020 crop year thinking from eight farmers and several technical specialists from South Dakota NRCS and SDSU. These videos, filmed in late-February in Mitchell and Crooks, SD, offer candid comments on issues they faced on 2019 Prevented Plant acres, and how their soil improvement journey makes their fields more resilient.
TO LEARN MORE: sd.nrcs.usda.gov > ‘popular topics’ (top right of page) > ‘growing soil health’