Jerry Crew has been farming for 44 years. He says he has been a conservationist since he was a child. He recalls rain events that covered the crops and knew that losing the crop was bad, and has since realized that losing the soil is worse. He is a fourth generation farmer and long-time no-tiller. “The first year is the hardest. You need multiple years to see how no-till works.”
Jerry and his son, Pete, grow corn and soybeans and have installed terraces, waterways and buffer strips on their land.
Jerry is a Clay Soil and Water Conservation District commissioner as well as the state CDI board. He is involved in many organizations including Farm Bureau, Clay County Food for Life, and is an elder in his church. He is also an avid gardener. Jerry and his wife, Georgia, have three children; Bill, Pete and Jill.
Building a Culture of Conservation: “A lot of farmers are addicted to tillage. In order to switch to no-till, you need to stop tilling.”
“I believe no-tillage is giving me better yields and reducing my costs. Conservation doesn’t cost, conservation pays.”
An ILF field day held on Jerry's farm in 2008.
An ILF/PFI field day was held on a cold October day in 2012. The field day covered the use of cover crops in a no-till operation.
Jerry loves to garden; as evidenced in the photo of him and his tomato plants.