Soil health is key to Healthy Plants and Healthy Food
Our farming practices include No-Till, diverse cover crops, and livestock integration. No-Till is not about the lack of tillage, but is about managing soil water, soil structure, soil biology and carbon compounds in the soil. This Holistic farming strategy has allowed the health of the soil and water cycles to greatly improve. Soil health and structure have been improved. Healthier soil leads to healthier plants and lower input costs for cash crops. Improved soil health also leads to: healthier plant food for the livestock, healthier livestock, and healthier food for human consumption. We raise a variety of cash crops including food grade corn, food grade clear hilum soybeans, barley, cereal rye, triticale, sunflowers, and oats. Our clear hilum soybeans have protein contents of 40%+. Below is a brief description of cover crops and soil health benefits.
The Importance of Cover Crops
What are Cover Crops? A cover crop is a crop planted primarily to manage soil erosion, soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife in an agroecosystem (Lu et al. 2000), an ecological system managed and largely shaped by humans across a range of intensities to produce food, feed, or fiber. A multi specie vegetation cover is a bio-mimicry of nature.
What is NO-TILL Farming? No-till farming is a way of growing crops or pasture from year to year without disturbing the soil through tillage.
Benefits of Combining