As part of our demonstration farm project we have installed a phosphorous bed to pull out excess phosphorous before the water leaves the field. It protects the water, but it also helps us get the most out of our soil and nutrients.
I’ve learned that we can farm acres more efficiently, I can utilize less nutrients, and I can utilize the best herbicide/pesticide practices and manage my crops well. I can be successful on more acres with less labor and less time and less equipment. Overall it affects the bottom line. Every year that we can make a little bit more we can grow the business, ensure a future for my children and hopefully make the land better.
We strip band all of our fertilizer. We’re using soil tests. We’ve reduced our use of commercial fertilizer substantially, and we also use cover crops. About 90 percent of our acres are no-till. It’s amazing the results
we’ve seen in soil health, soil fertility, our reduced fuel, our reduced tillage. We found that we could implement these practices effectively and efficiently and that our bottom line will benefit.
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