Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2015 Regional Award Winner

 

KLS Farms

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MPP Chris Ballard and Den Glenney

Growing up on the farm, Dean Glenney noticed that corn planted in former fencerows grew two feet taller than the rest. And when he examined the soil there, he noticed clumps with a distinctively cubic shape - a telltale sign of ideal soil structure. As an adult, Glenney put that knowledge to work. Conventional tillage can destroy soil structure and create a hardpan layer that corn roots can't penetrate. So he set about simulating a fencerow environment across his field, planting on the same row year after year. Over the course of 17 years of experimentation, he developed a no-till strip cropping system that reduces inputs, increases drought resistance, reduces runoff, builds long-term soil health and fertility and produces a whopping 270 bushels of corn per acre.


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