A Hays, Kansas farmer has declared a moratorium on growing wheat on his more than 4,500 acres of dryland crops. Why? Because it does not make economic sense, he told a crowd of producers who gathered on Feb. 13 at the South Hutchinson Community Center for an event sponsored by Cheney Lake Watershed.

Bryce Custer is a first generation farmer who has worked to buy his own land and lease the rest. Although he lives in Hays, his farms expand over two counties, Graham and Trego. Custer started his operation with 265 acres in 1993. Although he began dabbling in no-till farming in 1994, he did not go full force no-till until 2005. In 2008, he introduced cover crops.

“I was tired of bouncing across

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