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SuoDlement to The Sgperior Exoress and Jewell County Record. Thursday, February 5, 2015 -- Paqe 3 ,ed The 2014 Banker Award for Soiithird generation of the Davis clan to Conservation is awarded to Alan and farm the same land. Alan is the son of KimDavis who live in I tightand /~ rden Earl Jr. and Jean Davis, great- ship west and south of Northbranch a~ g au,tson of Arden Earl Davis Sr. Pres- 532 Birch Road. e,~tl? Alan is farming his own land, his The Davis' received this award on g, andad's land, and some of his par- the land they own and farm farthe~ ents ground. west from their home but yet in High "My brother, Todd, and l share some land Township, Section 6, Township of the trust ground and then each of us IS, Range 10W. have land of our own," said Alan. "Through a NRCS program we re-The Davis' are not unfamiliar with built the terraces on this 320 acres and the NRCS programs as they haveimple- put in two waterways" said Alan. mented several of their programs into Kucera Excavating, Red Cloud, did their farming operations and have re- the terracing work, c:cived awards for their efforts. Alan was raised two miles south ol "All the NRCS programs are good. where he and Kim live now and is the They really help the farmers," said Alan. In 1958 Vaden Davis Sr. received a Banker's Award. Vaden Davis Jr. and his wife, Jean, received the Bankers Soil Conservation Award in 1986. Then in 2013 Davis Family Farms received the Bankers Windbreak Award. Be- fore they started using the NRCS pro- grams that assist with the cost and planting of the windbreaks Alan re- membered his dad and grandad going out in the pastures every year and dig- ging up the trees to plant. At the present time, they are in- volved in the CSP program. "This is a five year program and it is a boost into the future. Helps with updates on equipment. There is lots of paperwork which I don't do. My son Blake is also involved in the farming operation and he does most of this work. The GPS and all that modern technology stuff, I said I wouldn't do it, but I am," said Alan. Blake is a fourth generation Davis to farm the land. After Alan graduated from Esbon High School, he attended the voca- tional-technical school at Salina and obtained a degree in auto mechanics with plans to return to the farm and work with his grandad and dad while obtaining land of his own. At this time, hogs were a big part of the Davis farm. "I started out it was just like my dad started. He started raising hogs and then expanded as time went on. I had the opportunity to do same. As a boy at For their new home, Kim Davis chose a scenic location set back from the road a in Highland Township close to a pond that h as been a for many years favorite recreation place for the family. Landscaping with a number of trees is an ongoing process for the family. Construction of the home's garage is now underway. sion was made to leave that part of celebration at the Red Cloud Golf she wanted it and that is just fine," said farming. About 20 years ago Alan Course", said Kim. Alan. "I had sold her dad a boar, so I knew To the north of Alan and Kim' s new who he was before I knew Kim," said home is a pond that Alan said has never Alan. gone dry. After they were married, they"When our youngsters were grow- moved into the house that was on the ing up, this is the pond that we swam land that Alan had bought. Kim helped in. The paddle boat was used a lot, and around the farm and with the hogs. many evenings were spent there fish- "One day we were working with the ing. One of the reasons we built our hogs and Kim got knocked down. She home close to the pond is because of was pregnant. Grandpa was right there it's convenience," said Kim. and it didn't take him long to let me "It is the lowest we have ever seen know she had no business helping with it. I don't know if it even has fish in it the hogs, That was probably one of the anymore," said Alan. last times she did anything with them," The Kim and Alan have two chil- turned to a Black Angus cow/calf op- eration. "The first farm Grandpa bought was around Otego. He lost it and had to start over. There were many nights I laid in bed and thought about what that would be like," said Alan. Now part of the farm ground is used for hay crops, alfalfa, prairie hay, and other grasses as well as cane to assist with the raising of the cattle~ Alan is all dry land no-till farming. Crops are rotated, with usually wheat every two years, corn and mild one home, when I was big enough to carry buckets of feed I fed hogs," said Alan. . year and soybeans one year, some- Alan has three siblings and as they times two years. "In the last two years I have planted from home, she raised a large garden saidAlan, dren, a son, Blake, and daughter, Before Kim started working away Danyel Chapman Hoffman. Chapel Church, (until it closed) which is just about an eighth of a mile up the road. For a long-time my grandma played the piano there", said Alan. Alan is like most every farmer. Farming is first, but according to Kim, "He does like to play pool and the guitar." Kim enjoys bowling, which she does with her mother, and reading. Today in the farming operation, Alan puts his education to work and does most of the mechanic things him- self. Blake uses his education also as he is a whiz with computer program- ing. Vaden Davis, Jr., often said of farrn- ing, "How Sweet It Is." For five years Blake was involved Converting GRIP to were growing up all were involved in more mild because it has been so dry. and did a lot of canning, in banking and then came back to farm- the farming. The family was also ac- It is hard to out guess Mother Nature, ' "Oneyearwehadsomuchzucchini ing He enrolled at NCK Tech, Beloit, rangeland changes W ' " " " " " ' ' tive in 4-H. Alan entered hogs at the said Alan.' e had it m everything, stud Knn. and obtained an assocmtes degree m stockill~ I'ate$ fair. His mother, Jean, still sponsors Kim has been involved with theThe youngsters were 10and 8 when electronic teclmology. Blake and his plaques and awards at the Jewell farming. Kim returned to the work force Forthe wife, Ana, now live in the home thatBy Dwayne Rice, County Fair and some are in the hog :"I was raised ona farm in the Red next 13 years she was employed by the AlanandKimstartedtheirmarriagein. Rangeland Management Specialist mvlsmn. Cloud area by,my parents, Carl and Smith County State Bank in Lebanon Earlier in this article it was stated that Converting expiring Conservation "In 1980 Grandpa talked me into Peggy Meline, said Kim. Her parents For the past six years, She has been Blake is a fourth generation Davis Reserve Program (CRP)fields to pro- buying this quarter of land where our are still living on the farm but her employed at Guaranty State Bank, farmer, welIBlakeandAnaareexpect" ductive pasture takes a little planning. Alan and Kim Davis live in Highland Township south of Northbranch. Alan house now sits. The land came with a father has retired from farming. After Esbon. - ingachild.Couldthisbeafifthgenera- Cattle won't graze seeded pastures the purchased the quarter of land where they live in 1980 from Henry Gibbs house, which is where Kim and I lived graduating from high school she at- Alan and Kim started building a tion Davis farmer?At the present time same as native range. Cattle are selec- after we were married and raising our tended Brown Mackie Business Col- newhomeinAugust,2009,andmoved Blake and Ana haVe a small cattle herd tive and if given a choice, experience f We salute the dewe#County Conservation winners family. The quarter belonged to Henry lege and received a degree in court into it in June, 2011. Alan did a lot of oftheirown ..... has shown they will graze the native and Dortha Gibbs. I actually thought reporting. She returned to Red Cloud the dirt work where the home was Danyel is married to Drew Hoffman range much more heavily than the the land was too high to buy but and worked for three years with built. He also did all the framing ofthe and they live in McPhers0n. She at- seeded pasture. The differencesin graz- Grandpa resisted I bu it so I thd "said ' Y" ' , ' Fountaine Microfilming. During this home, electrical, water lines, plumb- tended and graduated from Fort Hays ing preference may last for several Alan time she met Alan. ing inside the home, floorinl~, installed State University. She is employed as a decades. Every situation is different As the hog prices dropped the deci_ We met at a 4th of July night most of the windows, stained and fin- computer programer for an insurance butkecpingtheCRPfieldindependent ished the wood Kim was in on the company in McPherson. The HoIlmans of the native range is usually the better building and finishing work also A havethreechildren, AddisonChapman, option. on their efforts to protect the /and mason was hired to lay the rock around 8,ColtChapman5,andBretHoffman, Additionally, the grass plants in the fire place. At the present time. Alan 5. most CRP fields are not vigorous Cosand Automotive is fi,nisliing the two-car garage. "Farmingisagoodlife;I'mgladweenough to be grazed the first three to Kim picked out the place to build raised our children in this small area four years at a full stocking rate rela- tive to native range. Years of non' use 103 N. Main, Burr Oak, Kan. 785-647-7351 j I wanted the house closer to the main where it gave them good values and have resulted in plants with limited roadbutshedidn't.Thehouseiswhere good morals. We attended the Umon root systems and soils still low in or- IA:-Rt IE]RS , i ganic matter. The low forage produc- We salute the tion can be improved over time with a management plan designed to increase a Jewell County stand density, develop a deeper, more extensive root system, and improve TEST YOUR CROP ACRES " " I Conservatmn Winners. soil health. Due to the lower forage , , __ ,, , ,, , production, start with a low stocking NEB-KAN Consultant Service offers Independent GPS soil sampling and grid sampling so you can know how much fertilizer to be applying to your acres this year. With margins being so tight, checking your soil C-odd farmers profit from MZ soil conservation work/ See us at The Randall Branch of The Jamestown State Bank of The Jamestown State Bank Competitive Prices /Experience Merchandisers Next Business Day Payment /Deferred Payments Available /On Farm Pickup fertility is more important than ever. /Open Storage Program /Extended Harvest Hours Contact Ryan Cates 785-569-1128 for information Or reach us at the office 15 E. Third St. Superior, Neb. 402-879-4755 Elledge, Bourbon Trucking LLC I/ Bourbon Trailers LLCI ' 864 Hwy 14" Jewell, Kan. 66949 I ' 785-428-3030 Thank you for your dedication to the unending task of conserving our land! Darrell E. Miller- Attorney at Law 208 N. Commercial, Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3128 II III " 11 " I I I I Brokers: TomJensen CONSULTANT SERVICE 11 212 Tom Sorensen 1,15 "Keeping farmers informed on the latest markets." N. Central Superior, Neb. 402-879-4777 II I II III I I We tip our wings at good job in conservation. Burr Oak, Kan. 785-647-6831 II rate the first couple of years and adjust the stocking rate upward a little at a time as production improves. A graz- ing system that provides some timely rest during the growing season will also be beneficial to stand and produc- lion improvement. A prescribed burn or dormant sea- son grazing can be used to reduce the amount of standing mulch and litter prior to spring green up. Removing this old dead material will allow sun- light to reach the new shoots early in the growing season which should in- crease tillering and stand density. Dor- mant warm season grasses are inher- ently low in protein so a supplement: may be necessary to maintain intake and performance when grazing the old growth. Fencing and water development may be required to keep the seeded CRP fields separated from the native range These practices are eligible for cost-share assistance on expiring CRP fields through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Envi- ronmental Quality Incentives Program i (EQIP). Congratulations Jewell County Conservation Winners JOHN W. BLEECKER, DDS 123 N. Commercial St. Mankato, Kan. 785-378-3103 Superior, Nebraska BUICK ,t CHEVRL1LET Sales and service since 1947 254 E. 3rd Street 402-879-3204 1-800-821'4588 Congratulations Conservation Winners! We appreciate everything you do to protect and preserve our farmland!!! Kevin L. Phillips Attorney at Law 785'3i8-3172 Weltmer Building, Mankato, Kan. 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