Joel Erickson is a 1979 graduate of Langford High School in Langford, SD. In 1981, Joel received his Associates Degree in Ag Business from North Dakota State College of Science. Upon graduation, Joel returned to the family farm, working alongside his brother, Mark. Mark manages the Erickson cow/calf/feedlot operation while Joel concentrates on crop production. They raise corn, soybeans, spring wheat, alfalfa and have also been incorporating cover crops into their operation. Joel was an early adopter of MZB and did a majority of his own variable rate fertilizer application. They also variable rate seed populations and recently have started variable rating their hybrids and varieties as well.
Conservation has always been front and center in the Erickson operation. They started no-tilling in 1992 and were the first adopters of 22” rows at that time. In 1996 they incorporated strip-tilling into their farming practices and have now moved to a 15” on center banded minimal disturbance application of P and K, followed by a spring application of ESN.
Joel has served on the Agtegra Board of Directors since 2001, is a South Dakota Agricultural Rural Leaders graduate, and the 2009 Marshall County Conservation Farm of the Year award winner. In 2015, he was the recipient of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Award by The Fertilizer Institute.
The Erickson operation has always been family focused. Joel and his wife Karen, are proud to say that both their daughter and son are now involved in the family farm operation.