It is very important to us as a premier farming operation to be as suistainable as possible. We improve our soil health as well as maximize every drop of water through our sustainable practices. We practice no-till, strip-till and minimum till because this allows us to achieve better crop yields while saving on fuel and labor.
We implement the latest technology on our farm operation, with an emphasis on being efficient with our water. We use soil moisture sensors to let us know when it’s time to irrigate and when it’s time to shut the pivots off. We also space our sprinkler hoses closer together on our pivots, which allows the hoses to be placed just above the ground. By doing this, we become extremely efficient with our water. We virtually eliminate all evaporation and water loss all together. We are also experimenting with a new product where the water drips from hoses being drug by the sprinkler. This is supposed to be almost 100 percent efficient.
We strive to be the best at what we do and to be as profitable as possible. Profitability is very important, but this is not the only aspect in farming that we excel at. Being efficient, sustainable and conserving our natural resources are just as important. We variable rate every acre we farm, which means every acre gets a different seeding rate or a different amount of fertilizer depending on the soil type and slope of the land. This allows us to save money while also saving on inputs and improving our footprint on the environment. We also strip-till and apply in furrow starter when we plant so we can get the fertilizer in the ground by the root zone where it belongs. This is the most cost-effective way.