In Idaho cousins Brent and Mark Webb both own and operate large dairies. Brent has a herd of 1,200 cows, while Mark has 1,800. Raw manure has always been on hand in large quantities, and both Brent and Mark used to spread it on their fields until they noticed it was having detrimental effects on the health of their crops. They found a solution in composting. Composting has transformed what was a waste product into a high quality fertilizer asset, produced using only ingredients from their farms. This helps them become independent from external inputs.
The cost of fertilizer is going in the same direction. Chances are, of course, that you have already experienced that “in the belly” worry about how much more money fertilizer costs. You are dependent on fertilizer and you have no control over the price. Like the gasoline you need to run your cars and trucks, you probably think you don’t have any choices.
I talk to farmers all of the time about the condition of their soil. There’s certainly no such thing as “perfect soil”. A lot of the farmers I talk to have specific problems with their soil… but no solutions.
As farmers, we all work with the soil we have. I bet you would love to have some surefire solutions to the problems you have in your soil because, of course, better soil means better crops. That means more profit and more money to your bottom line. Finding ways to increase the quality of your soil can be a real challenge.
How would you like to find a new way to make money? Imagine using something you are already doing to create more profits, and how about being able to help others at the same time?
Where we live, a lot of people are pretty enthusiastic about how much better organically grown produce tastes. Organic farming is a hot topic. There are a lot more sustainable farmer’s markets popping up. Let’s face it; Whole Foods certainly isn’t hurting for sales even while charging much higher prices than the local supermarket.
$1,500,000 is a lot of money. It is a sum that really catches your attention. You can dream a little (well, a lot) when you think of having an extra 1.5 million dollars in your pocket.
Let me tell you about a farmer in Walnut, Illinois who improved his bottom line by over $100 per acre by using an Aeromaster Compost Turner. We started working with Alan Dale in 2002. He began to test the effect of using Humus compost on 1000 acres of his 2200 acre farm. Each year, he planted a number of different crops.
We heard from a farmer recently who had increased his total bushels by 60 per acre. Now that’s exciting. Another farmer shared with us that he was able to reduce his labor costs for watering by 50%. You can bet that put a lot more money into his pocket.
Sometimes, that old saying, “don’t fix it if it isn’t broken” is oh so true. Humus compost was used for centuries until around World War II when chemical fertilizers became more popular. Seen as the “new and better” solution, these fertilizers gained popularity until pretty recently.
Have you ever heard the expression `can’t see the forest for the trees`? Sometimes, the biggest secrets are right under our nose. Like making a profit from humus technology, for example.
Biological farming to create humus in soil that leads to produce of a greater nutritional density has been around forever. In fact, it’s the basis of civilization.
You’ve probably heard that old expression ‘build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.’ Well, as fertilizer prices continue to escalate, many savvy farmers are demonstrating that old saying applies more than ever in today’s new economy.
Not are they only beating a path to new soil fertilization alternatives, they’re throwing aside age old practices in their efforts to boost profits and create a safer environment at the same time.
It’s happened to all of us. You slip on an old jacket you haven’t worn in years and surprise! – you find a crinkled $20 bill stuffed into one of the pockets.
Or a clerk rings through an item at a store and tells you there’s an extra 25% off the ticketed price. Who doesn’t love that?
Now, imagine someone walking onto your farm tomorrow and revealing you’re sitting on a hidden gold mine! The best part: You already own the rights!
There are many benefits of humus compost to the soil. As a simple reminder, we like to use the acronym “DIP ‘N’ CHEW”
D isease suppression — humus compost has a healing effect on plants and a cleansing action on soils.
I ncreases plant yield
P orosity increased in the soil-has more air voids than typical soils.
N utrient retention — magnetic charge from high CEC holds nutrients longer.
C ompaction reduction — it makes soil spongy and enables it to spring back.
H elps reduce dependence on chemicals — promotes healthier plants.
E rosion reduced-disperses the force of raindrops.
W ater retention increased — like a sponge holding water.