Osage City, Kansas
Keith Thompson's first farming experience was helping his dad, while setting on the seat of a modified horse draw planter at night with a flashlight to watch for when seed ran out or that something hadn’t stopped planter from dropping seeds. After attending Kansas State University studying production ag he became a partners with his dad. His brother joined the partnership in the mid 70's. After their dad retired, the two brothers and Keith's son Ben formed a Limited Liability Corporation in 1998.
The farm is located in east central Kansas near Osage City. Annual average precipitation is 34 inches per year. Their upland soils have shallow topsoil with average to poor water infiltration; most of the soils have a fairly high clay content (20-40%).
The soils have very poor water holding capacity – 2-4 inches or about 10 days worth of water. The Thompson's farming practices has evolved over the years from full tillage to regenerative farming. They now use a robust crop rotation, several species in their cover crop mixes and full integration of livestock. They are now implement 3-5 years perrenial grazing in their crop rotation.