I have been wondering for whenever my Dad retires and I take on his land or whenever I can get my own ground accumulated do you think there is much in the future for our generation to change and make us stand out from some of these established farmers to help us pick up ground and get rolling. I mean my Dad's generation and some earlier farmers of ours have been able to adopt no-till where they stand out to landlords, cut production costs, reap the benefits of round-up tech. On my Dad's farm no-till has kind of been adopted but I really don't like it for our creek bottum ground and alkalie (Kansas and its damn salt). Seems like we spend way to much on chemicals that don't have but a reliable 70% control ratio. Marestail never escaped a 26" sweeped fallowmaster. However, I feel like I am rolling back into the 30's when I hook to a disc, even more so this year with no rain.
Cattle, chickens, hogs? Should we be thinking about how to meet the world's growing meat demand and also be trying to reduce our dependency on commercial fertilizers since we have $.69 28&32%, $.65 46% and $790/ton 10-34-0. Is going to a form of organic farming, but not to the extreme way what we should think about to cut our costs?
Or is the use of cover crops what is going to set us apart? I have customers considering a radish+sunhemp cover crop to improve their fields and provide year round feeding for micro organisms and winter feed for their cows. I can't get over the water use that these crops would use during what should be a fallow period.
Just curious on if I am the only one who over thinks every detail or are their more of you out there that have thought any of these thoughts? What is our generations play so we stand out from our fathers, or do we just continue riding their coat tails? Or do we just say screw it?
The marketing, management, and producers is what I was kind of thinking is our generations real tools. Like I said our fathers had all the chemical tools working at their prime and could be a little more sloppy because their markets weren't so volatile. I also was thinking that maybe we are going to have to swing away from specialization farms and go back to a more diverse farm; atleast here in SC KS where we are mostly dryland with a ~20" rainfall.
So how do you apply bio products? Or what are bi products, slaughter house waste?
Yeah a brief overview of the epa laws would be nice.