Ask anyone around Kenton about an innovative farm operation in the area and they will likely mention Watkins Farms.
For Brian Watkins, that “ahead of the curve” mentality is forged by a series of objectives, including profit, yield, maintaining long-term sustainability, taking care of the soils and being environmentally sound.
For years, Watkins Farms has been broadcasting fertilizer in the fall, but recently decided that it would be best for them to work those nutrients directly below the surface. A major factor in his thinking and philosophy is the issue of soluble phosphorous that is affecting Ohio’s water quality.
“Some farmers will choose to do some fall strip tillage and we felt like that didn’t fit what we wanted,” Watkins said. “Soil conditions in the fall are sometimes not conducive to that method because it is too wet and the benefits wouldn’t be there come spring. We needed a zero soil disturbance solution to getting the nutrients directly into the soil.”… Continue readingRead More »