Soils, crops, the environment, & our ethos.
Where it all starts – the soil, without it, life isn’t possible.
Haanover View Farms believes that we are only borrowing the land we farm from the future farmers that will follow in our footsteps. It is our intent to hand over this borrowed land in as good or better condition than we received it.
Crop Rotation, the first step in proper soil maintenance at Haanover View Farms.
No-till, a huge benefit to our farm.
Feeding our crops.
We accept that certain crops, certain rotations, and unexpected weed pressures force our hand to make the decision to use herbicides to control problems. The use of crop protection products is not a decision we take lightly. We will seek alternatives such as mechanical weed control, alternative harvesting methods such as swathing grain before combining, harvesting a crop such as corn with weed pressures as cattle feed vs allowing the corn and weeds to mature or simply accepting a loss and tilling a crop beck into the earth as green manure. Once we decide herbicide use is required, we do not trust this responsibility to someone else, we do it ourselves.
We always spray late in the day or in the evening, after the pollinators have left the fields for the day, we do not spray if it is windy, we ensure that the plants are receptive to receiving/absorbing the product (once the heat of the day reduces, plants open up to absorb moisture from the evening air, this time period ensures far greater effectiveness of the herbicide and allows us to apply at lower rates). We use GPS guidance system that accurately monitors our speed and location in the field to ensure accurate application. Again, herbicides are extremely expensive, best management for these products are a must and when managed with the respect they deserve, are effective and safe for the environment, our families, and livestock.