Nov 3, 2020
Dr. Dwayne Beck is well known
for being one of the pioneers of no-till agriculture in central
South Dakota and across the High Plains. For more than three
decades, Dr. Beck has been creating comprehensive systems for both
irrigated and dryland crop production throughout the region,
educating growers on the power of crop rotation, diversity, and
other regenerative practices. He currently serves as the Research
Manager at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, a non-profit made up of
farmers committed to sustainable land practices.
On today’s episode, John and
- Dwayne’s background and his earlier work
assisting local growers with their irrigation systems
continuing decline of the Ogallala Aquifer and how water
infiltration can be improved by implementing no-till agricultural
- Addressing the often-overlooked aspects of
irrigation, such as percolation and water delivery, and how it
affects soil health.
- Dwayne’s observations on lake bottom soils, the
power of macropores, and the prevalence of summer fallowing in the
- Utilizing de-percolation strategies to maintain
proper nutrient levels in your soil.
competition, sanitation, and rotation to control weeds, diseases
- Dwayne’s historical research on nutrient
cycling and fertilizer placement.
- Dwayne offers up a broader historical
perspective on how agriculture, human nature, and mother
nature work together.
discussion on why moving to no-till options for all crops including
potatoes, carrots and sugar beets are engineering and genetics
- The shared vision, but much different
methods, between regenerative agriculture vs. organic