To non-farmers, the way a farm field is tilled may seem like a technicality. To farmers, it’s a huge deal.
Steve Jacob and Ryan Speer, co-owners of Jacob Farm, have for years championed no-till farming, which means that farm fields are not plowed into those neat rows of dirt before the seeds are planted.
Instead, plant on top of the old corn or wheat stalks, then add ground cover over the winter to cut down on erosion and enrich the soil.
Speer, who bought into the farm after working there for years, estimates that fewer than 20 percent of farmers in the area use the technique.
Jacob Farm, which is 3,500 acres just south of Bentley, is sustaining its fourth generation of the Jacob family. It was recently named farm of the year by the Downtown Wichita Kiwanis Club.