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Coffee Row: Sustainable Ag

Coffee Row: Sustainable Ag

Farmers are often called stewards of the land because their way of living depends on their ability to use the land. In order to be good stewards, farmers engage in several conservation practices that help preserve ecosystems on their farms. Hear from local farmers across Western Canada about how they are protecting their farmland’s ecological balance through sustainable agriculture.

Jody Berglund, Berglund Ranch Supply in Kennedy, Saskatchewan

“After converting from organic to conventional production 3 years ago, we consider some of the products we use on our farm to be contributing to sustainable production. My brother and I were confident taking the Bio-Sul approach and feel that we had some of the most beautiful, higher yielding canola crops in our area, and certainly on our farm.

We have neighbours who use it and they have grown some really nice canola crops into year 4 and 5. We have been working with 306 Ag Resource Group to get the product professionally applied. The 306 crew also introduced us to Crop Aid products which we use to help improve soil structure and activate soil biology.

We will continue to use these products on our farm as they have proven success.”

Ernie Sirski, Sirski Farms in Dauphin, Manitoba

“Three things come to mind when we talk about sustainable practices on the farm…

The first is doing variable rate fertilizer. The net benefit of that isn’t reduction of fertilizer usage, it’s more about putting it in a place where it has the most benefit.

The second thing is, if you have the opportunity to add livestock to your farm, I wouldn’t discourage it. It makes a huge difference in the viability of your operation; I have seen it firsthand in the case of a hog barn.

The third thing I would say is that we might not be right about everything. We should try to think big and look at what others around the world are doing for solutions.”

Patrick Fabian, Fabian Seeds in Tilley, Alberta

“Everyone has been farming chemically. If you took Roundup out of the equation, everything collapses. We don’t want to swing the pendulum too far, but we also don’t want to throw the kitchen sink at it and make 2% margin. Most agronomists would argue that you need 2.1 lbs. of N to produce a bushel of wheat. We are currently on our 11th year of growing a bushel of wheat on 0.4 lbs. of N. We focus on 4 things: fertility, biology of soil/plants, plant hormones and adjuncts, and environmental factors.”

Sustainable agriculture is important for everyone, and it can help protect the environment while also increasing your farm’s profits. Bio-Sul is a sustainable, sulphur-enriched nutrient source for enhanced crop performance. Talk to your GFL Ag representative for more information about how it can benefit your farm.

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