The Dundas Soil & Crop Improvement Association recognized a Brinston couple with the organization's 2010 Soil and Water Conservation Award.
Owning a farm north of the hamlet since 1978, Ginus and Marg Joldersma's cash-cropping operation includes 400 workable acres - split between soybeans and corn - plus 100 acres of bush.
Conventional tillage led to noticeable topsoil erosion and dryness at the Jolderson farm, so they bought a Rawson zone-till machine in 1997.
Though initially skeptical of reaping any benefit, they say the switch away from conventional tillage has eliminated wind erosion, improved moisture retention in the field, and boosted crop yields.
The Association bestowed the award at its Dec. 9 annual general meeting in Chesterville.