Sustainable Farming

We love the country! It is a great place to raise a family and provides a unique quality of life. Chores, hard work, and long hours teach work ethic, self-discipline, and satisfaction of a job well-done. Involvement in community organizations, volunteering to serve in leadership positions, and participating in a benefit for a neighbor is our natural way of life.

Grain and Food Production

The earth’s population is increasing and farms are decreasing. Ag producers are given the monumental task of producing more on less! One of the means we use to produce the highest quality grains possible is crop rotation. We grow wheat, corn, oil sunflowers, proso millet, etc. in a sequence so as to capture the crops synergistic effect as related to the others. Not only do we grow different crops but also different types of crops (cool season grasses, warm season grasses, broadleafs) with different moisture requirements. Crop residue is maintained on the soil surface to minimize wind and water erosion.

Soil Health

What does a healthy soil look like? It is alive! It is full of pores, made from earthworms, old root channels, and bugs for moisture infiltration. It is covered with some kind of biomass to prevent wind and water erosion. Each time the soil is tilled the soil structure is broken down. We use a method of farming called no-till farming in which tillage is minimized. Over a period of time by not using tillage the soil structure is restored as near as possible to the native, virgin soils.

Moisture Efficiency

We only receive approximately 17” of annual moisture (rain/snowfall). Moisture inefficiency or loss occurs from runoff or water erosion, evaporation from bare soil, and tillage. Inefficiency also occurs when moisture is lost below the effective rooting zone in the soil profile. Live plants and previous crop residue enhances moisture efficiency.

Recognition and Awards

In 2008 we were awarded “Colorado Soil and Water Conservationist of the Year” by the Soil and Water Conservation Society. “In recognition of your outstanding efforts and achievements in dry land farming and a no-till system conservation plan on your farm, and taking a leadership role in land improvement through the installation of soil, water and wildlife conservation practices.”

Also in 2008, we received “Conservationist of the Year Farm Division Runner-Up” from the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts. In 2001 the Yuma County Soil and Conservation District named named us “Outstanding Cooperator” for “. . . outstanding accomplishments in the conservation of soil, water, and related resources.” Duaine served as President of the Colorado Conservation Tillage Association for two years, 1999-2001.

The country lifestyle, challenges, and opportunities make the country a great place to live. If you have any questions, want more information, or would like to come and visit, to see for yourself, contact us, we would love to hear from you.

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