Darrin Unruh has yet to take a shovel and dig deep into his pastures to test the health of his soils.
But what is going on underneath his feet isn’t a mystery.
The Pretty Prairie, Kansas, rancher can see the transformation daily when he steps out of his pickup onto his land along the banks of the North Fork of the Ninnescah River. The lush grassland carpet is flourishing with big and little bluestem. Wildflowers are abundant, along with Indian, switchgrass and eastern gamma.
“It is just unbelievable the response we are getting,” Unruh said.
Yet the return of the native grasses didn’t happen overnight.