They say that competition makes you faster, but collaboration makes you better. Such is the case between whip cracking champions Cameron Cato and Ryan Waldman. Whip cracking is a pretty small world no matter where you are, and it didn’t take long before these two young men—only a year apart in age—met each other in competition. They’ll both be performing on stage at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, GA this October 20-22. There are many similarities between the two, but the biggest is the fact that meeting each other—and other whip crackers—has only made them better.
Water has been—and always will be—a vital part of agriculture. However, in many states across the country, water poses questions and creates quandaries for farmers and ranchers alike. In the drought-stricken west, water is a precious resource. In tropical areas of the Southeast, water can come in a deluge or a trickle. In other places, water rights and access to water can be a tricky proposition, with water conservation laws adding more angles to an already complicated issue.
There are an estimated 4.55 billion smartphone users in the world and that includes many farmers. More and more, app developers are recognizing opportunities to help advance agriculture through technology. As America’s land lenders, we want to help growers and rural land owners stay informed on the latest and greatest for apps that can help you manage your ag operation. Let’s take a look at some of these smartphone apps and how they are changing the way America farms.
Cattle producers, especially in Southern regions, were hit pretty hard in 2012 due to extreme drought conditions. Fortunately, many strategies have been implemented to reduce the disastrous impact of drought conditions on cattle production and other agricultural operations.
To save your cattle operation and promote continued success, a grazing management approach must be pursued to help reduce some of the drought risks. Many of the following strategies were developed and put into practice with assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; however, government backed farm loans are not the only viable option. In fact, some cattle operations impacted by drought conditions are outside government assistance program borders. Other cattle producers say that government agricultural loans are too slow or require too much paperwork. That’s where AgAmerica Lending would like to step in and offer farmland financing assistance.
To spare cattle operations from the worst of the drought, the following innovations have proven incredibly effective:
- Electric fence and pipeline. Add these systems to channel water to new tire tank watering facilities in each of the pastures.
- New pastures. Create new pastures, so cattle can move around more frequently and freely.
- Prescribed grazing. Protect soil from erosion and compaction. Improve the quality of the forage by giving it restoration time before it’s grazed again. Enhance water quality by stopping soil from flowing into the water supply. Avoid the expense of costly supplemental forage like hay, which has become even more costly due to drought conditions.
- Gravity flow systems. Conserve electricity by providing your cattle water via fenced ponds that rely on a gravity flow system to fill multiple tire tank watering facilities.
- Legumes. Eliminate commercial fertilizer, prevent erosion, improve the abundance of soil water, and supply nutrients like nitrogen. Legumes convert nitrogen gas in the atmosphere into soil nitrogen that plants can digest, meaning manure or commercial fertilizer may be needed in minute quantities or be totally abandoned.
To beat the drought elements, it’s paramount to pursue new practices and ideas – to think outside the box. To fully realize these new practices and ideas oftentimes requires the help of an ag lending company like AgAmerica Lending.
Work with AgAmerica Lending to help finance your agricultural land. Choose an agricultural loan that works best for you and that allows you to better implement a conservation plan to successfully get your cattle operation through the drought. Infor@AgAmerica.com or 844-516-8176