Dick and Sharon farmed with their son Rex on a diverse 300-acre crop and livestock farm. Dick and Sharon started farming in 1958 with high inputs of purchased fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides that were required with their continuous corn program. In 1968, they changed back to a corn-soybeans-corn-oats-hay rotation. Among their most well-known studies was a comparison of labor and management return for their five-year rotation, which they showed to be continuously more profitable than the return for corn-soybean rotations in Boone County from 1988 to 2012. To view Dick's research results, visit the PFI website.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Central Christian Church in Boone. Dick was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by Sharon; three sons: Roger and wife Barb, Rex and wife Lisa, all of Boone, and Ryan and wife Duanna of Ogden; a daughter Renae VanZee of Ankeny; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Central Christian Church, 803 Greene St., Boone, on Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m.; the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitation on Wednesday morning will be at the Schroeder Memorial Chapel in Boone, at Sixth and Marshall Streets, from 8 to 11 a.m. and then at Central Christian Church from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be decided at a later date.
Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in the PFI network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more. For additional information, call (515) 232-5661 or visit the PFI website.