Feikert Farms, Bucklin, KS
Lance Feikert is the fifth generation on his family farm, which started in 1890. After no tilling for more than nine years, the farm is beginning its move to continuous no till.
Lance has been experimenting with cover crops for four years, as well as trying out other crops to learn what will work best in his region. He raises wheat, milo and soybeans on dryland and irrigated acres. With less water available to pump each year, many of his irrigated fields are becoming more like their dryland counterparts. No-till helps him make the most of limited resources.
Lance farms with his brother, giving their father the opportunity to recently retire. He says no-till practices allow him to spend more time with his children while allowing soils to improve with water infiltration and more life under the soil. The Feikerts also have re-introduced cattle in their operation to better utilize crops and encourage better soil health.
Lance and his wife, Heidi, have been married for 10 years and have four children.