List of Chemical Conservation Practices

My children in a flowering wheat field
My children in a flowering wheat field

Chemical Conservation:

  • Scouting is done regularly to identify targest pests by:
    • weekly in-season WRDVI satellite imagery and automated crop health alerts
    • drone flights across fields
    • traditional boots on the ground
  • Only chemicals which are needed based on scouting results and recent history are used.
  • Scouting until insects and weeds reach certain threshold levels before spraying is common practice.
  • Beneficial insects are respected and accounted for before deciding whether to spray.
  • Only labeled and professional agronomist recommended products and rates are used.
  • EPA regulations are followed.
  • Proper adjuvants are used as labeled to make less chemical work better.
  • Detailed records are kept of products, rates, field conditions, weather conditions
  • Digital as-applied maps are made, reviewed with SMS Advanced, and kept with exact locations, rates, conditions, and speeds as they vary across every field.
  • Drift controlling coarse droplet air-induction nozzle tips are used
  • Drift control adjuvants, like Helena’s Justified, are added to tank mixtures when there is moderate wind.
  • Wind speeds are monitored and recorded by sprayer applicator and in-field weather stations.
  • Spraying is halted when wind is above safe levels.
  • Zero overlap from pass-to-pass is maintained through GPS, RTK, auto-steer, Accuboom section control, and exact swath width settings.
  • Overlap on headlands is minimized with 11 foot section-control and manual turn compensation.
  • Crushed limestone is applied as-needed to maintain balanced pH levels to minimize the need for higher rates of chemicals.
  • We have bioligically responsible disposal of un-needed of chemicals, etc.
  • Used jugs are triple rinsed to prevent even small amounts of contamination.

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A seventh generation farmer of good soils in Henry County Tennessee, I take seriously my responsibility to care for what has been entrusted to me for this life and to teach my children diligently.

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