Dallas Area Soybean Grower Recognized

posted Mar 15, 2017, 6:30 AM by Ryan Quinn
A Dallas area soybean grower has been recognized for his work to reduce soil erosion.  

Andy Bensend of Dallas, was named the National winner of the 2016 Conservation Legacy Award at the American Soybean Association Awards Banquet last week. 

The Conservation Legacy Awards Program is a national program designed to recognize the outstanding environmental and conservation achievement of soybean farmers, which helps produce more sustainable U.S. soybeans.  

Bensend attributes his success to aggressively preventing loss of soil quality through erosion. 

To do this, he has reduced tillage significantly, and his goal is to avoid it entirely. He also relies on livestock waste to help correct deficiencies in soil quality. 

In addition, Bensend helped begin a local group of like-minded growers in his area called Farmers of Barron County Watersheds that helps promote use of cover crops and other valuable conservation practices.