(Chatham, ON) Ontario ag retailer South West Ag Partners (SW Ag) announces the establishment of Sustainable Cropping Systems to meet growers’ needs in addressing environmental challenges and the increasing scrutiny on Ontario agriculture. This innovative suite of offerings bridges new tillage equipment technology with precision agriculture to better manage nutrient placement, soil health, crop residue and crop productivity.
“Our customers are looking for ways to continue to be good environmental stewards of the land, and we want to be their partner in these endeavors,” says Rick Youlton, marketing manager for SW Ag. “We have spent the last several months compiling the equipment, the agronomic expertise and the latest in GPS technologies to build this innovative offering for our customers.”
SW Ag’s Sustainable Cropping Systems combine four core components – tillage equipment, agronomics, precision farming and custom application of nutrients – into a cropping recommendation tailored for individual farmers. At the center of the program is the SoilWarrior® zone-tillage machine and a pilot project designed to help growers explore and develop crop production systems that are more sustainable from a soil and nutrient perspective.
Zone tillage offers the advantage of minimum tillage while strategically placing nutrients in the root zone where they are readily available to the growing plant and are more stable in the soil profile. “The zone-tillage approach brings together the benefits of conventional and no-till crop systems while addressing the challenges and limitations of both systems. We are excited to bring this equipment to our customers,” Youlton says. “With our custom application service offering, our customers can explore the zone-tillage system on their own farms without incurring the investment in equipment.”
The introduction of Sustainable Cropping Systems is the latest service SW Ag has brought to Ontario growers looking to maximize yields while maintaining environmentally friendly cropping practices. Coupling of custom application with the precision agriculture services offered through SW Ag’s affiliate, VERITAS, gives growers the ability to strategically manage their cropping enterprise using precision farming technologies such as variable-rate inputs and yield monitoring, advanced agronomy and custom fertilization equipment to protect their farms’ future.
“Farmers today have access to high-level technologies to help them effectively manage their land and their crops in increasingly sustainable ways. As their agronomy partner, SW Ag is keeping pace with advancing technology and using it to both meet our customers’ needs and help them deal with current and impending challenges,” Youlton says.
Farmers interested in learning more about SW Ag’s Sustainable Cropping Systems should contact their SW Ag representative, Youlton at 519-380-0002 or Dave Page at 519-360-0463.
South West Ag Partners is a leading supplier of crop input and grain marketing services to progressive farm and end-user customers in southwestern Ontario. With roots going back to 1947, South West Ag’s mission is to help our agri-food customer prosper.