var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-16049511-2']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + ''; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();

NC Farmer Brings Home Conservation Legacy Award

NC Farmer Brings Home Conservation Legacy Award

Person County Farmer, Jimmy Thomas, and his family were recently awarded the United Soybean Board’s Conservation Legacy award for practices on his tobacco, corn, wheat, soybeans as well as an independent hog operation.  Thomas explains what USB is looking for when judging for this award:

“They look at your farm an what type of practices you implement to improve water quality and to help retain soil in the fields.”

Thomas farms with three generations of his family, himself, his father, father-in-law, brothers and sons.  He outlines one of the practices that impressed USB on his 3000 acre operation:

“On our grain operation we have been on no till since 1983. My father was really a pioneer in our community for no till corn, but we were still doing conventional wheat. But now we are on 100% no till on our grains as well.”

In the Thomas operation, fertilizer and other inputs are measured very carefully:

“We have a very intense nutrient management program. We do a lot of soil sampling where we do one on every 2.5 acres on our farm and we use prescriptions to write our nutrient needs. We have a company that takes our samples and we apply our nutrients on those 2.5 acre grids so each gets exactly what it needs.”

Another recent soil conservation practice on the Thomas farm is cover crops:

“We are trying to keep the soil covered as much as we can. Our fields keep a cover 20 months out of the 24. Its new to the ag community, and we are seeing the benefits of having something growing as those organisms are being fed in the soil.”

And one measure of good soil health is what lives in the soil.  Thomas explains:

“Every time we would dig a sample of soil, we could always turn up some worms. They are a determinate of how successful you are with your soil program.”

Because earthworms don’t hang out in bad neighborhoods.

Winner of the southeast region Conservation Legacy Award from United Soybean Board, Person County Farmer Jimmy Thomas.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.