Terry Vinduska has adapted to being an innovator. He has extended his business flexibility both in putting soil conservation structures on his family’s farm land west of Pilsen, and in creating a risk-abating family farm corporation.
He has been recognized for building a large amount of soil conservation structures in only one year on his family’s land with a 2012 Banker Award from the Marion County Natural Resources and Conservation Services District.
In awarding Vinduska, NRCD described his activity this way: “He started with a plan to eliminate the ditches, and constructed 21.4 acres of grass waterways.
“When the waterways were established, 36,360 feet of gradient terraces and 1,952 feet of diversion terraces were constructed to keep the fields from eroding during rain events.
“He uses no-till farming as an added benefit to protect topsoil.”
Given the short amount of time in which the project was completed, and all that was done, Vinduska said, “It is amazing.”
He said the 7-year-old corporate structure of the farm, S&V Family Farms LLC, allows its members to provide labor plus do other things.
For instance, he has an expanding Pioneer Seeds sales and distribution business. Another family member, brother Ron, is an administrator for Seaman High School in Topeka.
His son-in-law, Daniel Stuchlik, and his father, Monty, are corporate members who are involved in much of the hands-on daily operation of the farm.
Vinduska said the farm is a grain-producing business through wheat, corn, soybeans and sorghum.
He said the terraces, all built at one time, were able to be spaced further apart than they are on tilled land with the same differences in elevation because the no-till practice with plant residue left on top reduces water run-off.
“I think the economy of scale has worked for everybody,” Vinduska said.