No-till Producer, Trail City, SD

Rick Bieber is a no-till farmer from north central South Dakota. He farms in a 16-inch precipitation zone on 5,000 acres of cropland and also has 5,000 acres of rangeland for a 400-head cow/calf operation. He has been in a continuous no-till system for over two decades with main crops of hard red spring wheat, hard red winter wheat, corn, flax, peas, soybeans, safflower and alfalfa. Rick is intensely interested in keeping the farm operation economically viable and gets to the heart of a problem quickly before it becomes major. Rick is a strong advocate of diverse crop rotations and profitability for successful no-till systems and has been a popular speaker at a number of no-till conferences throughout the Northern Great Plains and Pacific Northwest of the United States over the past 20 years.