Regenerative Farmer, Osage City, Kansas

Cover Crops East Panel

Keith Thompson farms with his son, Ben and brother, Doug, near Osage City, Kansas. Their farm has been in a continuous no-till system since 1991. The system has evolved to include growing more species of cash crops, plus adding cover crops and livestock to benefit the environment and society in the way it mimics Mother Nature.

Crops produced on their farm include corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, wheat and sunflowers, plus cover crops and forage crops. The Thompsons believe in no-till’s environmentally friendly practices and the practice has improved profitability on their farm.

The Thompsons receive about 36-inches of precipitation each year, but the soils have a low water-holding capacity. A longtime member of the No-till on the Plains Board of Directors, Keith believes in the organization’s mission to “share information for the betterment of all.”