Keith Schlapkohl is a founding member of B.R.T. Ag & Turf and a life long farmer and visionary. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1975 with a degree in Farm Operations, Keith moved back to Eastern Iowa to manage his family farming operation, KV Mud Creek, Inc. He currently farms roughly 1,000 acres of corn and soybeans. Farming without conventional phosphorus or potassium and with the aid of waste streams and unique equipment, he has kept soil levels comfortably maintained. His yields have steadily increased while using low nitrogen levels. Keith continues to do research and run plot trials to be able to farm better. His goal is not only to improve his operation, but also to educate other farmers on how to better their own farming practices.
He has designed and developed the U-trough System Approach, a planter nutrient placement system, with Jeff Littrell of FHR. The system uses a two coulter technique that places dry and liquid fertilizer on either side of the seed to aid in the long term nourishment of the crop, while feeding the crop through an in-furrow system designed to feed the young crop through the use of 8-19-3 and live bacteria.
Keith has graced the pages of Progressive Farmer, Iowa Farmer Today, No Till Farmer and several short briefs on DTN with Dan Davidson. He is the keynote speaker for the 2010 No-Till conference in Des Moines Iowa.