David Brandt farms 950 no-till acres in Fairfield County in central Ohio. He began no-till farming in 1971 and has been using cover crops since 1978. David has participated in yield plots for corn, soybeans, and wheat into various covers, sharing this information with seed growers, county agents and universities to encourage other farmers to adopt no-till practices. He has also been planting various blends of cover crops to find out what benefits they provide to improve soil health. David is co-owner of Walnut Creek Seeds, LLC with his son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Ann Brandt.
David has had articles published in several farm magazines, and has collaborated with researchers at many universities. Presently he is working with Randall Reeder and Rafiq Islam on reducing input costs of fertilizers and herbicides using various cover crops which improve soil health. The results of this study have been published in the International Soil and Water Conservation Research journal (March 2014, Vol. 2, No. 1). He is also working with regional Natural Resources Conservation Service soils lab in Greensboro, North Carolina, on benefits of cover crops to improve soil health.
Brandt has earned numerous awards for conservation practices. He also is active in a host of associations and organizations.