Daniel Schultz is a fourth generation farmer from northwest Kansas. He has been a student of no-till since 1992 and realizes that he will never have all the answers. His stewardship for his soil has made it happy, alive and healthier.
Why I believe soil health is important
First, one has to define soil health. I believe it is too complex to sum up in two words. As farmers, we have an obligation to be stewards of the resources we use such as soil, water and air. With continuous no-till, crop diversity and rotation we can improve our soil and its health. It takes a commitment of time, education and desire from within. And with doing all of this, remain profitable.
Why should we make soil health a priority?
I can’t answer that question for anyone but myself. Each person and farm has different ideas. But I do believe we all can be better stewards. We are not taking care of our resources with diligence.
“The nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Soil is a living ecosystem, and is a farmer’s most precious asset. A farmer’s productive capacity is directly related to the health of his or her soil.”—Howard Warren Buffett