Man in floppy fishing hat kneels in the middle of a large field.

Much has changed since wheat took hold as Kansas’ go-to crop in the 19th century. But good soil health remains the foundation of farming. Last summer, Jamie Funke got a firsthand demonstration of one of the benefits of his no-till practices: A consultant’s soil probe showed his ground was 40 degrees cooler than a nearby, conventionally tilled field. Credit: Jeff Tuttle