You have goals. Some long-term and some short-term. But to reach those goals, you're going to need a plan. That's why our team analyzes all of your field data before finalizing a plan. We want to help you reach your goals, but we want to make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck along the way too.
Why Soil Health?
When it comes to consulting, our main goal is simple. We strive to help our growers reduce input costs by utilizing existing infrastructure. There's no better way to boost efficiency than by emphasizing the most rapidly growing segment of agriculture today - soil health. We stress the importance of improving the overall health of your soil because we believe it will provide your crop with more resilience in adverse growing conditions.
A Soil Health-Centric approach means the implementation of several techniques:
- Measure CO2 Release - used to estimate microbial activity in the soil
- Track nutrient levels from year to year to see how management decisions impact your soil
- Propose cover crop species that will best promote healthy soils and help prevent the over-application of nutrients that may enhance the problem.
There are many benefits to making Soil Health a priority:
- Reduce Input Costs: Ex. Use less fertilizer - fewer pesticides needed - improve soil structure
- Pollution Prevention - Soil organisms filter and detoxify chemicals and absorb nutrients.
- Improve Yield and Crop Quality
- Improve Water Drainage
- Minimize Fallow Periods
- Minimize Pesticide Use
- Reduce Tillage
Our agronomists provide Week-to-Week reporting on:
- Crop Status
- Nutrient Status
They utilize many different tools and methods to gather their info:
- Sampling (Soil and Tissue)
- Boots on the Ground
- Satellite Imagery
In-Season Plant Tissue and Soil Sampling Guidelines
When our team watches over your crop, we leave no stone unturned. Our comprehensive protocols ensure that you get the full view of how your crop is performing. This includes documenting and monitoring any changes to the soil's characteristics throughout the year, a process that makes it easy to identify the limiting factors.
We choose two different soil zones in the field. The zones are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum (e.g. Hill vs. Swale), which means you can see all the variations throughout the field. Plant tissue and soil samples get pulled from these same spots during different crop stages. Having both sets of these test results is what brings everything together and allows us to see how the plant uptake is performing compared to the nutrients that are available in the soil.