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​Enduring Farm Awards Named

"Our stewardship is not limited to the land we farm, but includes every industry and community we do business with."  - John Reifsteck, Chairman of the Board, GROWMARK, Inc. and farmer utilizing nutrient management practices

Farmers know that their operations and the world's natural resources can all thrive within the same living ecosystem.  And more than ever, farmers are assessing cropping practices and operational processes that minimize impact on the environment while improving farm profitability. 

FS Member Companies, along with their cooperative supplier, GROWMARK, named the 2018 Enduring Farm awards to acknowledge farm enterprises who have adopted best management practices that optimize nutrient utilization, leading to long-term soil and water quality while enhancing ROI. 

To be considered for the Enduring Farm award, FS companies nominate farmer-customers who use certain sustainable best management practices on their farms. Growers that earn a combined score of 150 points or greater for nutrient management activities are designated an Enduring Farm

GENERAL PRACTICES  
Utilize 4R practices for all nutrient applications  
Soil Sampling, minimum every four years  
MiField Applied Research Nutrient Management Studies  
Utilize the Field Print Calculator  
PHOSPHORUS MANAGEMENT (maximum of 50 points)
VRT Lime, P and K applications or utilize a 590 nutrient management plan  
No applications on frozen or snow covered ground  
Utilize cover crops for phosphorus management  
Utilize buffer strips for phosphorus management  
NITROGEN MANAGEMENT (maximum of 100 points)
Utilize MRTN for a base N rate  
Apply fall nitrogen when soil temps are below 50 degrees at the 4 inch level  
Two or more nitrogen applications  
Nitrification and/or Urease inhibitor use  
Utilize soil sampling to monitor nitrogen levels   
Utilize cover crops if harvest soil sample nitrate levels are above 10 ppm  

Twenty-six Enduring Farms were recently named for implementing nutrient management practices during the 2017 growing season, as well as their commitment to preserving and improving their land and natural resources for future generations.  All Enduring Farms will be given two N-WATCH™ sites, utilizing three samples at the sites to measure results of a MiField™ Applied Research trial on nutrient management. 

Living. Lasting. Enduring Farms.

Clayton & Ross Arnett Farms served by Ryan Behnen at TriCounty FS, Inc.

Dennis Brinkman Farms served by Jay Matthews at AgVantage FS

Mark, Luke & Zach Burling of Burling Farms served by Austin Ufkes at West Central FS, Inc.

Gail Edlefson Farms served by Malcolm Stambaugh at Ag View FS, Inc.

Mike and Brian France Farms served by Shannon Chenoweth at Fulton FS

Michael & Jim Ganschow Farms served by Malcolm Stambaugh at Ag View FS, Inc.

Steve Hammitt Farms served by Joe Collard at Prairieland FS, Inc.

Wayne & Lisa Koehler served by Jay Matthews at AgVantage FS

Glen & Alan Koch Farms served by Bryce Frieden at Prairieland FS, Inc.

Adam Krohn Farms served by Brad Meyers at Agriland FS, Inc.

Alan Madison Farms served by Malcolm Stambaugh at Ag View FS, Inc.

Casey McCausland Farms served by Robert Cameron at Prairieland FS, Inc.

Jack, Paul & Jared McCormick of McCormick Farms served by Bryce Parsons at Gateway FS, Inc.

Kenny Nell Farms served by Luke Jones at Prairieland FS, Inc.

Marvin & Carolyn Oleson Farms served by Matt Allen at AgVantage FS

Ron & Reece Pierson Farms served by Malcolm Stambaugh at Ag View FS, Inc.

Russell, Dennis & Marie Jackson of R&D Jackson Farms Inc. served by Jake Armold at TriCounty FS, Inc.

Leland, Leighton & Tyler Rector of Rector Farms served by Shannon Chenoweth at Fulton FS

John Reifsteck Farms served by Ryan Craig at Illini FS

Jim, Larry & Eric Schnelt of Schnelt Farms served by Ryan Behnen at TriCounty FS, Inc.

Brian & Brad Schnettgoecke Farms served by Ryan Behnen at TriCounty FS, Inc.

James Schoff Farms served by Malcolm Stambaugh at Ag View FS, Inc.

Darren & Randy Sims Farms served by Scott Dedert at Prairieland FS, Inc.

Grant Strom Farms served by Adam Dexter at West Central FS, Inc.

Chris Von Holten Farms served by Malcolm Stambaugh at Ag View FS, Inc.

Pat & Glenna Wolf served by Nathan Rogers at Christian County Farmers Supply Co.