On cropland, the Ottmar’s no-till operation incorporates variable rate seed and fertilizer technology, soil testing, crop rotation and pest and nutrient management.  On grazing land, cross fencing, dugout cleanout, tanks and pipelines have been added to facilitate their rotational grazing system.  This has maximized the benefits to the native/tame pastures over the years. 

The Ottmar’s have also renovated and planted new shelterbelts and completed a fuel containment system.  Other beneficial conservation practices are maintaining of their grassed waterways for erosion prevention. 

In receiving this award, Darrel and Janice have received an aerial photo of their farmstead which will be showcased in a traveling display with other ND Achievement Award Winners throughout the year.