Look Up Occasionally

When’s the last time you looked up from the task at hand?

I ask this question because farmers have a lot of small details to manage every day, from getting a hired hand organized to deciding if this is the day for optimal fungicide application timing, and everything in between.

There are very few other industries where business owners work as long and tirelessly, over a very short production season. And of course even after the actual work of growing the crop is done, there’s still plenty of issues to manage like successfully marketing that crop.

I’m sure at times it can feel like a treadmill, where all you get to do is run constantly in an effort to stay in the same place. That’s not only an exhausting reality, it can also be harmful for your agronomic management of your operation.

When you’re sweating the small details, you simply don’t have time to stop and consider the big picture, as they say. Why is this important? Because if you don’t do it, you’ll never be able to truly understand where you are, where you’re headed and whether you’re on the most appropriate path to get there.

The reality is, times change, conditions subtly alter over a few growing seasons, and what might have been the right path in the past may not be the right path today. Probably the best example of this in modern agriculture is in weed control, where there’s a brewing problem with herbicide resistance.

It’s forcing growers to adopt a multi-pronged approach that actually incorporates a host of cultural practices from seeding rates and dates, weed fighting crops and other techniques from the weed control arsenal of their grandfathers.

At BioAgronomics, we think it’s always a good time to look at the big picture, and a great place to start is with your soil health. Sure you have tools at your disposal that work well, in the form of fertility treatments with a great track record for success – but as any farmer can tell you, two fields with the same fertility package and growing conditions can perform very differently. To make your farm a long-term success, you need to make sure you’re giving your crops the advantages they need to thrive, and you’re able to produce reliably under even the most challenging conditions.

By taking the time to look in depth at the big picture of your soil health,  you can plan a strategy that over time will make your farm more productive. You can improve organic matter, increase the activity of your soil biota and strategically address yield-limiting factors and improve your odds of taking off a crop that’s better than the area average.

We provide customized soil solutions that address your farm’s needs and makes recommendations that will improve your operation’s agronomic, economic and environmental bottom line.

If you’re interested in learning more about our unique and customized approach to soil health, please contact us.

-Ed Mayer, President