The winner of a prestigious conservation award combines sustainable farming practices to stop erosion. John Scherder uses rotational grazing, grass waterways and terraces to keep soil from eroding, but he tells Brownfield the most important practice he uses is the planting of cover crops.
“Not only do you stop erosion, but you’ve got the soil health issue underneath the ground,” Scherder told Brownfield Ag News. “I think with the earthworms and microbes and all the little critters that you can’t even see that are there by the millions, if you can keep those growing with green root matter, I think that’s very important.”
Scherder, who farms with his wife Sandy and their daughter, Holly Delgman, and son-in-law, Curtis Delgman, is the latest Missouri Leopold Conservation Award winner, accepted the honor at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture.