Randy has been farming for 30 years and no-tilling for almost 20. When the 1985 farm bill mandated conservation practices, Caviness purchased a planter for no-till, but didn’t think it would work. After 10 years, tests showed that the organic matter in his soil was increasing, and is ongoing.
He is a member of Farm Bureau and active in his church.
Building a Culture of Conservation: “Many people talk about building up their soil, but then they don’t do anything about it. No-till actually does something about it. The more you leave the soil alone, the better it does. Some people think that if they till every four or five years, that they will get benefits of no-till. No-till should be called never-till.”
Caviness also said that, economically, you don’t give up anything to do no-till. “We want to show that you can be profitable and you can save the soil. Quality soil has got to be the bottom line.”
“People need to think about their soil and do a better job for future generations. You can’t just think or say that you are doing a better job, you need to actually do a better job.”
Randy hosts a field day at his farm in July 2011.
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