Cultivation/Production, North America, Sustainability, Trends

Biological inputs assist in farm health

SHU_Rockey_Candid_JML.jpgThird-generation potato farmer Brendon Rockey is showing producers across the globe how to improve farm health with biotic methods. He showed them as a breakout speaker on “Biotic Farming: Fundamentals and Applications,” during the inaugural Soil Health U and Trade Show, held recently at Salina, Kansas. His grandfather founded the farming operation at 6,700 feet of elevation near Center, Colorado, in the San Luis Valley and he credits his grandfather Floyd with teaching him a valuable lesson. “You have to take care of the soil before the soil can take care of you.” That lesson, he said, was lost for a while, but now it has returned. “When you consider the world of potatoes, we are a smaller operation,” Rockey said. “It has to do with the varieties we raise.” The farm no longer grows the standard Russet potato, opting instead for varieties, as Rockey said, “that taste good.” They are especially proud of their Fingerlings. More

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