With more than 40 years of experience as a crop consultant to farmers in eastern Colorado, Dave Green says the term “sustainable agronomy” applies to the way he and many consultants have always approached serving farmers.
“It’s all about helping the grower meet his goals, be better off economically and manage inputs for the maximum economic return,” says Green, who is a territory manager for Servi-Tech.
Examples he gives are yearly soil samples, nutrient management and irrigation efficiency.
So far in 2019, he says the season has been full of challenges, but encourages farmers and retailers to stay focused on success for this year and the future.
“Too much what we have to do with the economic situation in ag right now is try to make sure we’re here to try again next year,” Green says. “We’ve got to be careful that we aren’t so short-sided that we don’t take advantage of input selections and crop selections that are going to give us the best economic possibility to offer that grower a return.”
And he says the practices of sustainable agronomy fit not only for short-term but also long-term goals of many of his farmer clients.
“Many of these guys want to pass the operation to the next generation. So it’s always been about leaving is as good or better as they got it from the previous generation,” Green says.
You can learn more at the upcoming Sustainable Agronomy Conference in Omaha, Nebraska.
Hosted by the CCA program and the American Society of Agronomy on July 10 and 11, the core focus of the conference will be in-field and farm-gate implementation not abstract science, hype, or vague concepts
Learn how to further implement sustainable agronomy using sound science, proven field techniques, and cutting-edge technologies. The program will also include local cropping system considerations related to sustainable practices.
Registration includes 1.5 days of sessions, lunch & breaks, up to 11 CEUs, and direct access to the leading experts in the field of Sustainable Agronomy.
The Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program is established as the benchmark for agronomy professionals and is the largest, voluntary certification program in North American agriculture. It provides base-level standards for agronomic knowledge through a national and regional testing process, and raises those standards through annual continuing-education requirements. An agronomist who becomes a CCA has demonstrated commitment, education, expertise, and experience when advising farmers on making the best land management, agronomic, and economic decisions possible.