Beating the odds of farm consolidations or sell-offs, 4th generation family members at McIntyre Farms are now actively preparing for the 5th generation through soil health practices and multi-species grazing that will ensure their operation is sustainable for many years ahead.
Nutrient depletion, especially in the current state of world affairs, is becoming a major issue. As we look to fulfill a major part of animal nutrition within the acreage available, consider what inputs will give the soil its longest, most productive lifespan.
The fertility of samples arriving at soil analysis laboratories
throughout the nation has been dropping. Many theories exist about why
this is occurring. With rising input prices, are growers not keeping up
with maintenance applications?
The price tags on agricultural goods, along with other day-to-day necessities, are changing by the week. In the last few months, we have seen huge spikes in the markets, both up and down, as our needed suppliers and purchasers deal with shortages.
A January 2022 webinar from Utah State University Extension addressed the results of alfalfa nitrogen credit studies looking at whether corn or small grains responded to nitrogen applications in the first two years after alfalfa termination.
With the price/supply squeeze coming tighter during spring fertilizer purchases, farmers are looking for options that will still support high yields. It has been clear from looking at soil samples over the past 40 years that fields with regular manure applications are testing high to very high in phosphorus (P).