PRINCETON — Ag View FS and GROWMARK Inc. are recognizing farmers who implement sustainable nutrient management practices such as following the 4R principals for all nutrient applications; monitoring nitrogen levels through soil sampling; and implementing variable rate technology for phosphorous applications.
The award recognized 26 farmers who have adopted practices that optimize nutrient utilization, leading to positive, long-term soil and water quality, while enhancing return on investment.
Enduring Farms named in the Ag View FS service area include Gail Edlefson of Manlius; and Michael and Jim Ganschow, Alan Madison, Ron and Reece Pierson, James Schoff, and Chris Von Holten, all of Walnut.
All winners and a full list of specific criteria can be found at www.fssystem.com/Sustainability/Enduring-Farms.
“Farmers know that their operations and the world’s natural resources can all thrive within the same ecosystem,” Dave Horras, general manager of Ag View FS, said.
“More than ever, they are assessing cropping practices and operational processes that will minimize impact on the environment while improving farm profitability,” Horras said.
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,” Jim Stetson, agronomy marketing manager at Ag View FS, said.
“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,” Stetson said.
Nominations for 2018 Enduring Farms will be submitted and reviewed after harvest.