Wadena farmer, Andy Dombeck, named Conservationist of the Year
Area farmer, Andy Dombeck has been recognized for his efforts to protect natural resources. Dombeck has been named Conservationist of the Year and Area Conservationist of the year by the East Otter Tail Soil & Water Conservationist District.
The EOT SWCD is responsible for implementing conservation practices and programs on private land and for the responsible use of natural resources in the area of east Otter Tail County. The Otter Tail region is home to over 1,000 lakes, streams, and rivers, EOT SWCD recognizes the need to protect these valuable resources.
Dombeck was selected for both awards because of the work he does to protect water and soil resources on his farm.
Dombeck operates a 204-acre irrigated farm in eastern Otter Tail County growing corn and soybeans, and, in recent years, field peas and cereal rye. He practices strip-till for row crop operation and plants some no-till soybeans. This prevents soil erosion, protecting fresh water sources from soil sediment.
Dombeck also participates in the county SWCD's irrigation scheduler program. He has worked with the SWCD to do nutrient trials the past three years, and he recently adopted the practice of planting cover crops.
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