The New Castle Conservation District Board of Supervisors recently recognized farmers David H. Daniels Sr. and his father, David R. Daniels, for their dedication to implementing conservation practices that prevent soil erosion and improve water quality.
The Daniels farm more than 600 acres of land — some in Maryland, where they reside, but mostly rental ground in Delaware. Board chairman Robert L. Emerson presented each of the Daniels with an award plaque to recognize their achievements.
The Daniels grow a rotation of corn, grain and soybeans, and every other year they grow grain sorghum. They use no-till and turbo tillage on their fields. This type of no- or low-impact tilling helps to conserve soil moisture, improve soil health, reduce soil compaction and lowers expenses. The Daniels have rented the District’s Great Plains drill to plant cover crop in the late summer and early fall. The Daniels plant vegetated strips around the perimeter of the fields to improve habitat and reduce soil loss. The grasses, clover and other plants are attractive to pollinators and wildlife. The Daniels practice nutrient and pest management.
Besides their farming operations, they both hold off-the-farm jobs. David R. Daniels works at Hoober Equipment in Middletown. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters, Kari and Stacey. David H. Daniels works for an oil-delivery company, and he and his wife, Shelley, have two children, Olivia and David.