This HAT Soil Health Podcast, presented by the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative, features Williamsport, IN farmer Rick Clark, who was honored as the 2019 Northeast Region American Soybean Association Conservation Legacy Award recipient. His biography from ASA is below:
Rick Clark represents the fifth generation of his family to farm in Indiana. He farms with his father, Richard, and nephew, Aaron. They have a diverse mix of crops as well as cattle on approximately 7,000 acres of land in west-central Indiana and east-central Illinois.
Through the years, the Clark family developed a reputation for its stewardship, and that reputation was enhanced as the operation adopted 100 percent no-till farming beginning in 2009 and 100 percent cover crops since 2013. The farm integrates wheat an alfalfa along with a corn and soybean rotation to improve biodiversity.
From there, Rick Clark began to incorporate more cover crop blends, advanced nutrient management, and techniques to build soil health, all evaluated with a focus on data collection and analysis to see what works in the system. Read more about Clark’s operation here.