Gerald Finlay and his wife Judy farm 600 acres in Coshocton County, some of which was originally settled by his ancestors in 1878. We visited several of his fields throughout the day, discussing the various soil types and water needs of the different locations. Finlay is an advocate for no-till farming, and he practices that method on many of his fields, since it reduces erosion and makes the soils more resilient to severe weather conditions, like the drought during this summer of 2012. He was relieved that this particular field was planted in soy this year, as it was more successful during the dry conditions than corn would have been.
Gerald talks about farming in Coshocton County here: