Soil health is the main focus at Wenning Farms, in the rolling hills and tight clay soils of southeastern Indiana. The family operates more than 600 acres in a corn/soybean rotation.
Roger Wenning, the son of the founder of the farm, talks here in a video about his practice of rigorous on-farm research and field trials. His efforts paid off last year with good production even in the drought. His efforts also netted Roger the annual Conservation Award from the American Soybean Association.
Roger cover crops his entire acreage, has tried many different cover crops, and still makes a lot of use with annual ryegrass, because of its being a deep-rooting plant that sequesters N for the following corn plants.