Environment

Kroeker Farms holds environmental sustainability as a core value. Good stewardship of the land is our objective, and we work towards this goal through various means.

  • Soil is continually improved and erosion is reduced through the use of cover cropping, ridge tilling, and shelterbelts.
  • Surface water is protected by containing fertilizer storage areas within dikes to prevent run-off in case of spills, and by testing field drainage water for nitrates.
  • Nutrient leaching water runoff is reduced by basing irrigation and plant nutrition decisions on plant growth stage, weather conditions, economic thresholds, soil testing and field scouting to ensure the irrigation water and fertilizers are applied to meet (not exceed) crop demand.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) combines cultural, chemical and biological control methods to keep pest populations below economically damaging levels and limit chemical use. Good crop rotations, soil building practices, and fertility and irrigation management help keep weeds and insects below economic thresholds.