By Lura Roti for South Dakota Soil Health Coalition
Mechanic is among the many hats most farmers and ranchers wear.
“Every farmer and rancher modifies equipment – it’s the nature of the game,” explained Paul Winkler, a Newell, S.D., rancher.
Always eager to learn more, Winkler was among many who tuned in to Loran Steinlage’s South Dakota Soil Health Coalition presentation, “Life Beyond Tech Support,” during the organization’s 2021 Virtual Soil Health Conference January 6-7.
“Every farm or ranch is different, but the concepts can be applied,” Winkler said. “He gave a lot of practical information.”
A second-generation West Union, Iowa, farmer, Steinlage has always relied on his mechanical wit and abilities. But when he began embracing soil health practices, like interseeding of cover crops and relay cropping – modifying and redesigning equipment became essential to field success.