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Randy Norby grew up helping on his parent’s farm in Osage, which was settled in 1868. About 33 years ago, he took over the operation and now grows corn and soybeans. He has a wife, Sandy, and three daughters.
Over the past two decades, Randy has executed a variety of conservation practices. He began no-till soybeans in 1992, strip-till corn in 2002, and no-till corn and cover crops in 2012. Randy also uses buffer strips and CRP borders. He explains that these practices help with erosion control, nutrient placement, cost reduction, water permeability and retention, soil tilth, and labor reduction on his farm.
Randy is a past president and board member of the Mitchell County Agricultural Society and a past board member of Osage Development Corporation.
Building a Culture of Conservation: “We all know how to grow crops with the “clean till” methods that we grew up with but the production long term will not be sustainable if we don’t protect our land and our water. Keeping an open mind as you try new conservation practices is essential. Never underestimate the knowledge of the innovators; they have already done a lot of the experimentation for you.”
A field day was held on Dana's farm in June 2012:
In 2012, the Norbys received the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader award for the conservation practices in place on their farm.