2021 Outstanding Conservationist
Dieball Dairy, located in Jessenland Township near Green Isle MN, has been selected as the 2021 Sibley SWCD Conservationist of the Year. The dairy is managed by Karl and Rosemary Dieball, their son Jim and his wife Wendy along with their two daughters. They operate 1,200+ acres of cropland and 450 head of dairy cattle. Recently, their family farm was transformed with the addition of a new dairy barn that contains three robotic milking stations that service around 235 cows. In conjunction with the new barn, a pollution abatement system was installed to help manage manure and allow the dairy to utilize a nutrient management plan as part of their cropping operation. The Dieballs rotate their cropland between corn, soybeans and alfalfa and plant around 40 acres of cover crops each year. They have been utilizing nutrient management and integrated pest management techniques as part of the USDA-NRCS CSP program. In addition, they have also installed grassed waterways on some of their cropped acres. The family is also very active in the community as members of the American Dairy Association, MidCounty COOP Board, Jessenland Township Planning and Zoning, as well as FFA and 4H. Currently the Dieballs, are experimenting with no-till soybeans and are considering adding additional erosion control practices for other areas of their cropland. The Dieballs are stewards of the land and Sibley SWCD would like to thank them for their conservation efforts!