Dave Legvold has farmed in Northfield, Minn., in the southern part of the state for 40 years. His journey from conventional tillage to strip-till has been a process of experimentation, building confidence in a system and using on-farm research to drive decision making. He is a recipient of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Award and the National Fertilizer Institute named me as one of five 4R Advocates in the U.S. for using fertilizer based on sound environmental and economic practices. Legvold also has a research partnership with St. Olaf’s College.
After moving to the farm in 1976, David Legvold had a grand vision of being an organic farmer. Organic production was presented as the only way to go, because it was so good for the environment. But the soil degradation from tillage made him change his mind.
No-tiller David Groff from Cedar Meadow Farm in Holtwood, Pa., talks about the farm’s experience this year no-tilling hemp and the cover-crop mix and fertility plan they followed during the growing season.
Finding solutions to the problems farmers face is what inspired Harry and Etta Yetter to open a small machine shop in west central Illinois in the 1930s. Today, four generations later, Yetter continues the tradition of solving agricultural problems to meet the needs of producers all over the world.
Needham Ag understands the role of technology in making better use of limited resources within a specific environment by drawing on a wealth of global experience to overcome the challenges facing today's farmers, manufacturers and dealers.