Mother-son partnership keeps farm going
Gordon Entz of Hillsboro has been involved in farming all of his life. He was working with his parents, Clifford and Vickie Entz, when his father died in 2014.
He and his wife, Shawn, moved to the home place after his mother moved to town.
Vickie continued to help on the farm by tilling and driving a truck during harvest. Gordon’s son, Brandon, also became involved.
Gordon and his mother think landowners need to be mindful of terracing to control runoff and conserve soil and water. Waterways, terraces, and structures have been built on their land.
They received money from Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy, Doyle Creek Watershed, and a state cost-share program to assist in implementing the improvements.
Gordon used the Environmental Quality Improvement Program to install solar watering facilities in some pastures. He practices no-till farming and uses variable-rate application of fertilizer and seeding. Cover crops are planted for grazing.
For their efforts, Gordon and Vickie will receive the 2021 Bankers Award from Kansas Bankers Association, Citizens State Bank, and Marion County Conservation District.
When not farming or working with cattle, the family enjoys Kansas State University football games.
Gordon serves on the Aulne Church board and Doyle Greek watershed board. Vickie attends Whitewater Community and Gracepoint churches.
“The sooner you start with conservation practices, the more improved soil health you will have,” Gordon said.