WORKING WITH NATURE
When Kendall Hodgson decided it was time to build a home in the late 1980s, he chose an energy efficient berm style with a thick limestone front and a big stone fireplace. When excavation revealed Native American relics, he incorporated them into the fireplace wall. He used the same native limestone to build an outside retaining wall along the berm. As the family grew, Kendall and Melinda added on, converting the existing garage to a family room with two bedrooms above it and constructing a new, detached garage.
Wheat harvest involves the whole family to help run machinery, load the truck and keep the grain moving.
Spring planting season is busy on the Hodgson farm where corn, grain sorghum and soybeans go into ground. The Hodgsons also raise hard red winter wheat, alfalfa and grass hay.
GOOD LOOKING BEANS
Soybeans are a major crop on the Hodgson farm, which utilizes no-till farming in fields like this one where last year’s corn stalks provide mulch for the emerging soybeans.
COWS, STALKS AND COVER CROPS
The Hodgsons have a cow-calf herd as well as stocker calves and graze them on no-till fields and cover crops as much as possible to take advantage of spreading manure naturally.