Featured Customers: Mark and Tim Becker
Location: McHenry, North Dakota
Farm Operation: Diversified Cattle/Crop Operation
Date: June 2008
Cutting No-till Costs
Mark and Tim Becker, brothers and 3rd
generation farmers located north of McHenry,
North Dakota, have worked with the Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and
the Eddy County Soil Conservation District to
accomplish better farming and ranching
practices on their farm. They are one of the
county’s leading pioneers in conservation
application. By implementing conservation
practices into their operation, they have seen the
benefits through various practices.
Mark and Tim have taken advantage of the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP) through the NRCS for improving their
farming and ranching operation.
Some of the practices the Beckers implemented
include cross fencing, pipelines, wells, tanks,
prescribed grazing, and nutrient management.
The cross fencing has been put in place to be able to give pastures rest and a chance to grow while pipelines,
watering facilities, and fence help to get the animals to areas they don’t usually graze. A prescribed grazing
plan was put in place to help move the animals through the pastures. This will change the season of use,
making sure the animals are not in the same pastures, the same times of year. They also implement waste
utilization to spread manure on crop fields. This allows them to utilize the nutrients in the manure to feed their
crops, allowing them to save money on fertilizer while utilizing a waste product in an environmentally safe
“In 2000, after 8 inches of rain in two days and the erosion that occurred, we knew something had to change,”
says Mark. That’s when the Beckers began no-till on their farm along with implementing other conservation in
their cropping system which includes conservation crop rotation, filter strips, field borders, and cover crops.
Along with no-till, they decided to add cover c