Rick & Marlene Schlichting and Family

Benton County
2017

Rick’s grandparents (Wojtanowicz) homesteaded in the Rice area in the 1920s. The farm is now owned and operated by the third generation of Schlichting and Wojtanowicz families. The farm has grown to 6,300 acres with a rotation of potatoes, edible beans, corn, alfalfa and winter rye. The family also raises about 28,000 hogs in a farrow-to-finish operation.

The Schlichting family has irrigated since 1969 and 5,800 of their acres are irrigated. The family has converted its irrigation systems to low pressure and completed irrigation management on all 65 irrigation pivots they operate. Rick has restored some of the family’s land to what it was like when his grandparents first settled there. He’s restored close to 70 acres to prairie. The Schlichtings began planting cover crops in the early 1970s and have some land enrolled in CRP.

The Schlichtings have worked for many years with the University of Minnesota on nutrient management test plots. They’ve also coordinated with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on conservation and water quality efforts.

In 2016, the Schlichtings were honored with the Outstanding Conservationist Award by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

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