Intermediate to Advanced Practices Implemented
- Expanded soil sampling from small 1-acre grid in 2016 to 2.5-acre grid in 2019.
- Fertilizer applications are applied using variable rate equipment.
- All nitrogen applied in-season
Located in the Western Lake Erie Basin, this family farm has used strip-till since 2010. While adopting some practices quickly the farm has taken the opportunity to try more complex practices like variable rate N, P, and K applications through NRCS programs.
Cost per acre for fertilizer practices decreased as basic to advanced 4R practices were implemented. A portion of the decrease in cost can be attributed to a decrease in fertilizer cost and the remainder to the difference in fertilizer application cost within the removal of nitrogen from fall applications.
Changing from basic to more advanced 4R practices, the farmer decreased cost per acre by $101.11 while also decreasing CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by 19 percent. The differences in cost per acre are from changing the formula of the fall strip till application to remove N, fewer total applications, and lower nutrient rates.
Yield Range 189 to 214 bu/ac
On all fields:
2014 – Basic
2015 – Basic
2016 – Intermediate
2017 – Advanced