The family incorporated ecological, environment-friendly
practices even before it was fashionable. Manure is collected and
used on the row crops. Gehlbach said that the recycling method is
less costly than commercial fertilizer also.
They've been working with equipment manufacturers that have
advised them on odor and runoff control for 25 years.
They still have annual soil tests that measure nitrogen and
phosphates to be sure those stay within EPA standards, Gehlbach
said. But he's been doing it so long he pretty much knows where his
readings will be from one year to the next.