Doug Manhart grew up on a farm, moved away for college and jobs, and came back five years ago. He feeds cattle through the winter and raises wheat and corn. Doug is determined to do what is necessary to prevent having to return to tillage to control weeds.
Soil health is important because it takes tremendous time to build and minutes to destroy. To me, soil health may be a way to get more out of your inputs in tough economic times.
Soil health is a priority because it is the foundation of our farm. It appears to be a variable that improves your bottom line in all conditions and circumstances.
Challenges include resistant weed pressure and how to measure if we are making progress. I feel we are on the right track, but do I know for sure? Habits. The “that’s what we did last year” mentality. Uncertainty about new and seemingly unproven methods.