Chris Kurt

Farm: Kurt Farms

Watershed: Blanchard River

Conservation Practices:

  • Buffer Strips
  • Waterways
  • Cover Crops
  • Drainage Water Management – Control Structure
  • Nutrient Management (4Rs)
  • Variable Rate Technology
  • Soil Nutrient Testing
  • No Till

Other Enhancements:

  • Phosphorous Removal Bed
  • Nitrate Filter
  • Two-Stage Ditch

Water Quality Improvement Summary:

Chris Kurt and his family have utilized conservation practices for more than 20 years. They no till soybeans, use a drainage control structure to shut off field tile in the winter and employ grid soil sampling to help them understand when and where to efficiently apply fertilizer using variable rate technology.

Recently, they elevated their commitment to improving water quality by joining the Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network. This program will help them test their current practices, identify areas for improvement and share results with other farmers. One of the areas of research includes a two-stage ditch. They will continue their current practices on one side and implement new techniques like no-till corn and cover crops on the other to compare results. They’ve also installed a phosphorous bed to help extract excess phosphorous from water before it leaves the field and plan to do something similar with a nitrate filter.

“We do it to protect the water, but it also helps us get the most out of our soil and nutrients,” said Chris. “If we’re losing nutrients down the river, we’re paying for something we’re not using.”