How Chad Makes Sustainability Work On His Farm
25 Jul 235 min 50 sec

Chad Henderson talks with Damian about making sustainability work on his farm. He shares a few things he is doing that are completely different from what they were a decade ago...and it's working.

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00:00 We're talking about making sustainability work on your farm. And my man, Chad Henderson here from Masson, 00:04 Alabama is gonna give us a few things that he has done in his operation just in the last year or two that are completely different, 00:10 completely different from what they were like a decade ago. And it's working. So let's talk first off about uh, the thing we did at your field day. 00:19 You did strip till versus conventional tillage, saved you some money on tillage, saved you some money on diesel, 00:24 and then it became an issue of inputs and getting in the right place. We're dabbling in, we're nowhere near strip till, um, experience. 00:32 People like there, a lot of people are across the country, you know, but we're learning and that's what, and that's what we do here, you know, 00:37 and everything we do with farming is learning and it's trial and error and we dabble in stuff. But this strip till deal has allowed me to, um, 00:44 it's allowed me to use less fertilizer. It's allowed me to incorporate different products into the ground. You know, like, uh, we'll talk about the PR product. Loveland's got tighten next seed. 00:53 Mm-hmm. You know, we put it in the ground and we've seen a great reward even in a bad year and in irrigated versus even non irrigated. Well, 01:01 we've seen a greater yield advantage and, and we had and we able to have a reduction in fertilizer. Yeah. Big question there cuz uh, before we hit record on this, you said, 01:09 you know, I've cut back my use of dap. That's a professor's product for somebody that somebody has a blueberry producer that's like, what the heck is dap? 01:15 So you cut back on your phosphorous product of DAP and you use Te Titan Neck Sea to help make that happen. 01:20 What does Titan Neck Sea do and how does that equate to phosphorous reduction? Cause it's not a phosphorous product 01:24 Itself. That's right. It's, it, it's availability piece, you know, and that's what it's all about. It's about making products available, uh, 01:29 for the plant. The plant can't take it up unless it's plant available. Okay. So that's what it does. It's a better, it's a speeding up the breakdown of that, 01:36 of that fertility. So with that being said, you know, we can't get but so much broke down at a time, well, that speeds it up so we're able to use less. That's the efficiency piece. 01:45 The sustainable piece, the, the piece that we're doing, you know, with companies like Trutter to where we can make those pieces, 01:51 that's where it's less fertility being used. I Think we keep saying the term sustainability partnerships and that's companies that can give us something that reduces our usage of, 02:00 of bidding of product macro or companies that still and And, and other Did you get yield? Oh yeah. Oh yeah. We had yield too. I mean, I wasn't expecting it. We had 40 and 50 bushel corn out there. Okay. 02:10 60 bushel corn. We was in a bad drought and we was still making up. Well, I mean it averaged 17 bushel across the deal. That's huge. And we don't 02:17 Wait, wait, wait. Average 17 bushel of Across the trial yield? Yes. Of, of, of benefit. Of 02:22 Benefit. Okay. And we don't really, you know, we don't always see those things as farmers. You know, a lot of things we're doing in, in plants and stuff, 02:28 we're looking for two and three and four bushel stuff. You don't see a big number a lot of times. But we did in this scenario. And in this case we've seen that. 02:36 So we're using a plant growth regulator, which I never knew this till I joined up with you guys. It actually acts sometimes as stress reduction. That's right. 02:42 So as stress reduction helps sustainability because maybe you can put less water to it, or where do you see the benefit as a stress reduction from a 02:48 Pgr? Well, it's just all in plant health. You know, it's about plant health, you know, and if a plant health is better, 02:53 then it's going to handle a storm better. And the storm, I say, you know, it could be a heat, it could be cold weather, 02:59 it could be multiple things as a storm or a bad day in a plant's life. And where we're at is we're seeing that we can cut back on dry fertilizer in 03:08 certain certain instances and then use liquid instead. And it'd be so much more available that it's easier to do. Now, am I seeing go out there and cut all the dry to your program? No, I'm not. 03:19 I'm saying reduce that back to where it's a manageable piece where you're putting out a maintenance product and then get the product where it needs to be 03:26 in the plant's life to where it can pick that up. You know, we need it in a root zone. We need it in a, 03:31 in in that area that the roots are gonna be in. It's the broadcasting stuff that we're trying to get away from as most we can with farmers because of the efficiency part and the money we use. 03:40 And there's some environmental And environmental piece. Which Brings me to the last point here. You know, like our, 03:44 our sustainability partner Trutter has talked about the idea that we wanna communicate that using less stuff doesn't mean making less money. That's right. 03:52 And so are you proof and testament to that? Yeah, We are. And you know, and, and sometimes it ain't, we have to buy other stuff, you know, 03:58 we have to buy a certain piece of equipment to be able to get it in the right place at the right time. You know, and that's, 04:03 that's stuff that has to be purchased and that's the kinda money we start switching hands with to be able to purchase these pieces to make it more 04:09 efficient, to help the farmers, to help the companies, you know, to help life in general. 04:13 So the new way of sustainable means using less stuff, making more yields. Do you look back at how things were 10 years ago from my last question and sort 04:22 of marvel and say, holy crap, I would've never imagined, you know, you just don't see it to weigh, you know, the way we've always done and the way that we was raised farming, you know, 04:31 as you just had a blend that your granddaddy had at the co-op down there, and that's the one that you always spread out. You know, 04:37 you throw this blend out, then you just play it corn and then you raise corn. Well, 04:40 the things have changed so much in the last 10 or 15 years for our farm down in the southern, you know, down in the southern parts of the states, you know, and, 04:48 and it's made it to where we're seeing things now that's much more efficient. You know, you're using Tube two on your planters using infer on your planters, 04:55 you know, you're coming back and wide dropping, you know, and, and then there's pieces inside of that that we can do as seed treatments to get 05:01 it right on the seed, right around the seed. You know, we're just taking so many steps as farmers now to try to get that exact timing and exact spots down to where it's in the root zone. Or if you're spraying foer, 05:12 it's at a timing thing where you're getting a pgr to right time to make a plant do a specific thing. At that time, you just 05:17 Named a whole bunch of stuff, Chad, that's not know. Somebody's gonna say, well that doesn't sound sustainable to me because sustainable, 05:22 I thought meant organic. No, sustainable means increasing output with less input. That's right. And, and, and that's where I think the, the journey goes, right? That's right. 05:32 That's right. His name's Chad Henderson. My name's Damon Mason. Until next time. We're talking about the sustainable journey, 05:36 making it work for your farm as it's working on his farm. It doesn't mean you're not gonna use products, 05:40 it means you're gonna use pinpointed products at the right time and In the right place. 05:44 Got it. Till next time.

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