Darrell Kaiser graduated in 1994 from Kansas State University with a degree in Agribusiness and started farming in 1995.
His is a third generation farmer with his wife, Frina, and sons Luke, 17, Dalton, 15, and Trevor, 13.
Darrell has served on Gove County Soil Conservation Board for 17 years and is a founding member of “Living Acres” (a local soil health team), an American Angus Association member, Kansas Angus Association member, Kansas Livestock Association member and KSU alumni lifetime member.
He has been continuously no-till since 1996 with a diverse crop mix: corn, soybean, wheat, sunflowers, forage sorghum, rye and cover crop.
- Darrell’s operation:
- 5,000 acres cropland (3,800 acres we manage);
- 4,000 acres native grassland;
- 300 head of registered Black Angus cows; and
- Annual Spring Bull & Female Production Sale.
Soil health is the cornerstone (building block) of plant life. Organic matter and residue protecting the soil surface feed the soil microbes (underground livestock), which in turn results in soil nutrient cycling and nutrient availability for plant uptake. The bovine grazing component adds one more diversification, which mimics nature’s cycle.