|Photo of old CATs from|
Farmers love dirt! Midwest farmers love rich, black dirt. This farmer’s granddaughter’s earliest memories center around big yellow bulldozers caked with this rich black dirt. I loved the CAT, written in big letters on the side of the dozers. A dozer on the lowboy parked behind our house meant Dad's “men” had finished a job and were back at the shop.
|John Deere from Woolstock Equipment|
Webster City, IA
|United Coop test plot|
Fast forward to this summer where I learned that Iowa farmers constantly research better and more efficient ways to preserve and enrich the land. The rich soil that produces corn that reaches “as high as an elephant’s eye,” must be constantly nourished and protected. I learned about buffer zones and United Coop test fields. Although the sexy new tractors garner attention, it’s the protection and regeneration of the soil that is critical to a farmer’s success.
As a member of the Missouri Outdoor Communicators, I’ve learned much about the conservation efforts in the state. Although much broader than simply soil conservation, taking care of our land is a major concern. Whether it’s wildlife management or native plant restoration, the focus is the same.
|Prairie Star Farm|
This morning, I’m thankful for the times Dad allowed me to ride in a bulldozer on some farmer’s land and for the opportunities to explore modern farming and conservation methods as I travel throughout the Midwest.