Jimmy Kinder of Walters Okla Attributes Land's Dramatic Improvement in Productivity to NoTill FarmingTue, 13 Feb 2018 11:24:58 CST
Jimmy Kinder, a no-till farmer from Walters, Okla. spoke recently at a No-Till Conference in Shawnee, Okla. offering his perspective on how his operation has benefited agronomically over the years just from the implementation of conservationist practices on his farm. He sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays to discuss some of his experiences having made the switch from conventional tilling to no-till. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
Kinder says in recent years, he has finally reached that mark in his career where he has now been practicing no-till farming longer than he had farmed conventionally. In that time, he asserts he has witnessed the regeneration of his soil and seen dramatic improvement to his land and the performance of his crops.
“Living in southwest Oklahoma - Oklahoma at all with the drought we’re looking at now - we need to do anything we can to save moisture,” he said. “One of the benefits of no-till is if you can raise the water holding capacity of your soil, long-term, you can go longer between rains before it affects your crops.”
In recent years, Kinder says the concept of no-till and its benefits has really caught on and began to spread. He believes that interest is warranted and should be encouraged stating that one only needs to look back at history to learn of the mistakes and mismanagement of the soil by farmers back in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl. However, the largest challenge he sees right now in that effort to educate, is getting people to truly grasp the ideas behind what is collectively referred to now as “soil health.”
“There’s quite a bit of conversation about soil health and people struggle with that,” he said. “Basically, it’s making sure that soil is productive - I think that’s the key here and we’re just trying to find ways that we can help Mother Nature.”
Still, he insists progress continues to be made in the no-till agenda with more and more people educating themselves, adopting related practices and growing innovation in research efforts and our technological capabilities.
“I’m really proud to say I’ve got better soils now than I had 20 years ago,” Kinder remarked, “and hopefully my heirs are going to have a better farm than I received.”
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