1. What are the equipment needs? Am I set up for this type of operation?
2. Can my soil handle this practice?
3. Do I have the labor needed to accomplish my goals? In the case of no-till, Rost saw equipment and labor savings. In labor alone, he estimates $50,000 in annual savings because he doesn’t need a full-time employee anymore. He and his father can manage the farm together, with a little seasonal help at harvest. In addition, they were able to sell their tillage equipment for immediate savings in maintenance. “Soil health is great but ultimately you have to make a crop,” Rost advises. “Take baby steps. I’ve seen so many farmers who go full bore on something and stub their toe and say ‘I’ll never do that again.’ So, start small, if you have one bad experience don’t give up on it.”