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Enduring Farms

Putting sustainability into practice

 

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Farmers know that their operations and the world’s natural resources can all thrive within the same living ecosystem. And more than ever, farmers are assessing cropping practices and operational processes that minimize the impact on the environment while improving farm profitability. FS Member Companies, along with their cooperative supplier, GROWMARK, named the latest Enduring Farm & Enduring Farm Plus awards to acknowledge those farmers who have adopted best management practices that optimize nutrient utilization, leading to long-term soil and water quality while enhancing roi.

  • to be considered for the enduring farm award, fs companies nominate farmer-customers who use certain sustainable best management practices on their farms. growers that earn a combined score of 180 points or greater for nutrient management activities are designated as enduring farms.
  • growers who implemented additional agronomic and environmental management practices, earning at least an additional 90 points, are designated as an enduring farm plus.

140 enduring farms were recently named for implementing nutrient management practices during the 2020 growing season, as well as their commitment to preserving and improving their land and natural resources for future generations. learn more here.

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Sustainable practices that make a difference

Farm enterprises that employed these practices are recognized for their commitment to protecting and preserving their land and natural resources through sustainable nutrient management.


Enduring Farms cover one of these three main areas of focus:


GENERAL PRACTICES 

  • Utilize 4R practices for all nutrient application                                               
  • Soil Sampling, minimum every four years                                                       
  • MiField Applied Research Nutrient Management Studies                              
  • Utilize the Field Print Calculator   


PHOSPHORUS MANAGEMENT 

  • VRT Lime, P and K applications or utilize a 590 nutrient management plan in Wisconsin
  • No applications on frozen or snow covered ground                                        
  • Utilize cover crops for phosphorus management                                              
  • Utilize buffer strips for phosphorus management 


NITROGEN MANAGEMENT   

  • Utilize MRTN for a base N rate 
  • Apply fall nitrogen when soil temps are below 50 degrees at the 4 inch level 
  • Two or more nitrogen applications 
  • Nitrification and/or Urease inhibitor use 
  • Utilize soil sampling to monitor nitrogen levels  
  • Utilize cover crops if harvest soil sample nitrate levels are above 10 ppm 


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