Scott Ravenkamp, Hugo, Colo., joined the No-till on the Plains Board of Directors in 2013. Scott and his wife Becky moved to no-till in the mid-1990s, removing fallow from the operation completely by 2000. The Ravenkamps appreciate no-till as a way to cover more acres with less machinery and manpower, and have seen dramatic improvements in soil health.
Crop rotations are designed to promote carbon growth above- and below-ground. They are using cover crops to keep the soil covered, and are integrating cattle into their farm operation. They grow a number of crops, including corn, sunflower, millets, rye, triticale, black oats, white oats, milo, barley, field peas and wheat. All their farmland is dryland; with rainfall below 22-inches per year.