Father, son work as team for conservation

Steve Bartel has 2.8 acres of grass waterways, 24,551 feet of gradient terraces besides using no-till techniques to leave residue that promotes soil health on his own farm.
Steve Bartel has 2.8 acres of grass waterways, 24,551 feet of gradient terraces besides using no-till techniques to leave residue that promotes soil health on his own farm.
Steve Bartel says his son, Seth, 22, should receive his share of the share for protecting and improving the soil on the family farm. Because of their work, Steve has been named a Banker Award winner by the Marion County Conservation District.

He also credits his last 20 years of no-till farming for helping restore the top soil of the land that he grew up with and that his grandfather once farmed.

Bartel plants with a machine that deposits seed and fertilizer below the surface of the soil.

The MCCD, in giving the award, said Bartel is a winner ?because of his determination to stop erosion ditches, and keep soil from washing away.?

He has 2.8 acres of grass waterways, 24,551 feet of gradient terraces besides using no-till techniques to leave residue that promotes soil health on his own farm.

Besides that, MCCD says, ?He was instrumental in getting terraces constructed on Scully land that he leases.?

Bartel primarily grows corn, soybeans and wheat.

He and son Seth run a grade Angus cattle beef herd with calves for sale after back-grounding.

Steve Bartel also has participated beyond his own farm operation, serving for nine years as an MCCD board member. He hopes to leave the ground so that future family descendents can appreciate what he and son Seth did.d