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Hoosier Named Regional Winner of Conservation Legacy AwardHoosier Named Regional Winner of Conservation Legacy Award

Roger Wenning recognized for spreading the word about conservation.

Tom Bechman 1

February 6, 2013

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A soil and water conservation district supervisor from Decatur County, no-till farmer, tiling contractor, father and grandfather was announced as a regional winner in the annual Conservation Legacy Contest. The contest is sponsored by the American Soybean Association, with help from BASF, Monsanto, the Soy Checkoff program, and Corn & Soybean Digest.

Roger Wenning, Greensburg, was named the Northeast Region winner. He will compete against two other conservation-minded farmers for the national award. The winner will be announced during the Commodity Classic in Florida on March 1.


Wenning is no stranger to Indiana Prairie Farmer readers. He was named Supervisor of the Year in 2012, an award sponsored by Indiana Prairie Farmer. He appeared on the May cover of the magazine in 2012.

He's also been featured in stories about cover crops. Wenning, who practices primarily strip till, has been an innovator in brining cover crops into his area. He has hosted several cover crop field days and root digs on his farm, and has also grown out several cover crop plots on his farm. He uses cover crops in his strip-till operation.

In 2012 he also began trials with twin-row corn, using his Great Plains no-till planter set to plant in twin rows. Spared by the weather, the plot yielded information about how various hybrids perform in twin rows at different populations. He intends to intensify his efforts on the plot this year as he seeks more answers. He seeded a cover crop into the plot last fall before harvesting the corn.

His son, Nick, has also turned shrimp farming into an adventure. While it's not much of a money-maker yet, he grows shrimp in a man-made pond at the homestead each year, and then drains the pond and catches the shrimp during a special Saturday in September. The event is getting attention statewide from those who love shrimp.

Congratulations to Roger Wenning for putting Indiana in the forefront of conservation again.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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