Weed & Insect Resistance Management
- Tom Farms is constantly implementing the newest and safest chemistries to use.
- Our fields and surrounding area are routinely scouted and accessed for the best possible timing and need of applications.
- Research plots and other test strips are used to evaluate the potential use of chemicals and techniques.
- Weed management is a high priority.
- Integrated Pest Management Practices (IPM) is used to obtain the best and most cost effective results.
- Irrigation uniformity is periodically tested.
- Tom Farms uses this to correct irrigation issues.
- Pivot monitoring systems are used to help catch breakdowns quickly so problems can be fixed and normal operation restored.
- Water meters some times are used in conjunction with the pivot monitors to give Tom Farms a tool in scheduling the watering.
- Hands-on moisture checking happens to help make sure we are supplying the right amount of water to field.
- Plant growth stage, soil type, evapotranspiration rates, and weather data are all used to make irrigation decisions.
- Many different methods are used to control erosion due to wind and water.
- Applications of winter wheat as a cover crop are used to hold soil together and allow better water penetration.
- Reduced tillage methods and no-till are a part of our overall program.
- Irrigation management after planting can be used to control wind erosion.
- Bi-annual soil testing is done to determine fertility and pH.
- Fertility needs are determined on crop usage.
- Yield potential is used to determine how much of each nutrient to use in a season.
- In-season leaf samples and satellite nitrate monitoring determines if more or less fertility may be needed during the season.
- Attention is paid to leave the fertility of the soil as good, if not better, than when we first rented the farm.