Feature: Kansas farm family changing with the times
April 16, 2012
America's farmers and ranchers have always been a multifaceted group of people, wearing many hats in order to survive the complexities of growing crops and raising livestock.
The current generation of farmers/ranchers have added another hat to their agricultural curriculum, which is to keep current with the technology revolution. For instance, today's famers utilize GPS technology to plant exact crop rows and take samples to adjust to the need of the soil.
It has been said that Kansas is good for consistently growing wheat and only wheat. But for Steve and Patricia Baccus of Minneapolis, Kan., they rely on modern technology and science to bring corn and soybeans into their wheat/crop rotation.
"When you take the time to pick the right seeds and collect the data to make the soil work at its peak potential, and rotate the crops that secure moisture in the soil, it makes the yields," said Steve Baccus.
Steve is very proud of the changes they were able to make on their farm by taking the initiative of 100 percent no-till farming. He was able to cut back on equipment expense and increase profitability.
This fourth generation north central Kansas farmer is also very involved in his community through his church and serves on the Minneapolis Area Wide Chamber of Commerce. Steve is also very busy with his role as president of the Kansas Farm Bureau. This role has him not only serving his state but he also sits on the American Farm Bureau Federation board, where he works to set policy and direction for the nation's largest agriculture advocacy organization.
"I can't say enough about how grateful those of us in agriculture are for the support of Furniture Row Racing and the Farm American Race team," said Baccus. "The work they're doing to help us get out the good word about production agriculture and the safe and inexpensive food, fuel and fiber America's farmers raise is greatly appreciated!"