On tour -
Here is a photo of all the members of the CCSWCD tour group at the Russ Winterhof farm. Photo contributed
Group visits area agricultural operations
Recently, approximately 35 members of the community participated in the Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) tour.
During the recent Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation District tour a seasonal high tunnel at the Carlson farm in Buena Vista County was just many of the stops that highlighted the conservation effort of local residents. Photo contributed
The group met at the SWCD office and, following introductions by SWCD Chairman Jason Titcomb, the group headed out to Russ & Beth Winterhof's turkey barn site in Diamond Township.
Pictured is one of the wind turbines at Russ and Beth Winterhof's farm. Photo contributed
Participants saw two manure stacking facilities and also two 100 KW turbines to produce electricity for their farm, including their turkey operation. This summer, Russ and Beth were the recipients of the Governor's Award for Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy.
The next stop was at Dave and Sally Carlson's farm in Nokomis 6 (located on the west side of Buena Vista County). The Carlsons are in the process of putting up a Seasonal High Tunnel, which will help them extend the growing season for the vegetables they sell at area farmers' markets.
The Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation District tour also included a CRP Windbreak at the Sleezer farm. Photo contributed
The next two stops were both at Butch and Bonnie Sleezer's near Aurelia. In Afton 24, the group saw a unique system of using wastewater irrigation to water a windbreak and field of alfalfa. In Spring 36, the group saw a CRP Windbreak.
The final stop was at Randy and Kay Jipp's farm in Afton 2, for supper in their remodeled barn. Staff and commissioners provided a meal of taverns, chips, baked beans, salads, and bars.
Unique system -
The irrigator gun at Butch and Bonnie Sleezer's farm in Afton Township is a unique system of using wastewater irrigation to water a windbreak and field of alfalfa. Photo contributed
The commissioners and staff thank all of the landowners for making the conservation tour a success. They also thank the presenters and everyone who came to the tour.
Barn supper -
The Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation District tour group enjoyed supper at Randy and Kay Jipp's barn as their final activity during the tour. Photo contributed