Sustainability is the underlying principle for crop production at Yost Farm. We have five crops in our rotation: corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sugar beets, and edible dry beans. Crop rotation breaks up the disease and pest cycle of the different crops. Minimum tillage, the planting of cover crops on our sugar beet fields, and using the Conservation Reserve Program for filter strips and highly erodible acres keeps our soils in place. We practice integrated pest management, only applying pesticides when threshold infestations warrant application. Our equipment is GPS guided to reduce fuel consumption, pesticide, and fertilizer usage. Our alfalfa and most of our corn production is delivered to local dairies thereby reducing transportation. In return, we apply manure from the same dairies thereby eliminating commercial fertilizer. We are constantly adapting new technology that reduces inputs and improves our efficiency without reducing yields.