We loved shooting this video series of
Jesse Hall, farmer out of Arlington and one of the things I want you to pay
attention to is how he has changed over the years not only his operation but his
mindset I’m gonna get out of the way and let Jesse talk. Hello, I’m Jesse Hall and I’m farming over in eastern Kingsbury County. I currently live on on my
mother’s dad’s place where she grew up years and years ago. I started farming
back in about 1996, dad gave up about 20 acres of land that was kind of my start
and him and I had been farming together pretty much ever since since his passing here about a year ago and dad’s basically the one that got our
family started no-tilling here back in 1988 he was friends with Dr. Dwayne Beck and Dwayne at the time was telling dad about this new idea of no-till and we
were having some problems with soil erosion at the time we wanted to address
and that was kind of what we did on the wet years particularly you know we would really really struggle with wet spots. You know and we were basically in a corn-soybean rotation and occasionally we’d throw in a oat or a winter wheat
or something like that but it’s predominantly corn-soybean so what we
did is we would get the chisel plow out and we’d chisel plow all the low areas
out and then we’d field cultivate in the spring and we thought well you’ve got
all these wet spots so this will fix it. Well you’d get in and you plant it and
then then it would flood out on you again and it never did us any good
so then we decide okay we’re we’re gonna try a rotary hoe. So we go out and we’d
rotary hoe the fields in all these wet spots and basically that dried it out
that worked a little better but then that planted every weed seed that
there was on top of the ground and then you had a mess. Well in about 2013 or ’14 we switched over to a basically a permanent three-way
rotation where we brought oats back in so once we started our three-way rotation a lot of those wet spots went away. You know
there’s a few areas here and there that we’re always borderline planting. I mean you’d go through with
good conditions and you kind of slop through those low spots and you’d get to the other end and then those low spots
never really recovered, a lot of those spots went away. You know the take home message is you got to give stuff time and if you’re currently not a no-tiller the
big thing that you want to do is don’t switch the whole farm over to no-till all
all in one year. Just go field-by-field, let it be a progressive thing but if you
bring in small grain and start cover cropping you’re going to get your soil
structure much faster and you’re going to start seeing your soil turning around
much faster and if you bring livestock and cover crops into it it’s just going
to accelerate that whole process even more. So instead of being three to
five years you might you might start seeing a difference maybe sooner than
that. A lot of people don’t think they can make any money on small grains and I disagree you know you might have to market a little harder and you can do it
but the one thing you have to take into consideration is the yield bump you get
on the other two years.