GROWMARK and local FS member cooperatives are recognizing farmers who implement sustainable nutrient management practices such as following the 4R principles for all nutrient applications, monitoring nitrogen levels through soil sampling, and implementing variable rate technology for phosphorous applications.
Twenty-six farms are part of the inaugural Enduring Farm award. The award recognizes farmers who have adopted practices that optimize nutrient utilization, leading to positive long-term soil and water quality, while enhancing return on investment.
The winners and a full list of specific criteria can be found here: https://www.fssystem.com/Sustainability/Enduring-Farms.
“Farmers know that agronomic and conservation practices work hand-in-hand,” said Mark Orr, GROWMARK vice president of Agronomy. “More than ever, they are assessing cropping practices and operational processes that will minimize impact on the environment while improving farm profitability.”
Nominations for Enduring Farms recognition were submitted by each grower’s FS crop specialist based on specific sustainable practices implemented on their farms.
Nutrient management cropping practices were implemented during the 2017 growing season. All Enduring Farms will be provided N-WATCH™ services to measure results of a nutrient management trial conducted on their farm during the 2018 growing season.
“FS companies work with many farmers who excel at preserving and improving their land and natural resources for future generations,” explained Ryan White, GROWMARK director of agronomy marketing. “Tools such as FS Advanced Information Services, MRTN, soil sampling, and sophisticated custom application services help farmers follow the principles of 4R nutrient stewardship to develop and execute phosphorus and nitrogen management plans.”
Nominations for 2018 Enduring Farms will be submitted and reviewed after harvest.