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Food safety plans are a step toward farm sustainability
Food safety can benefit your produce, whether you are growing for home consumption or wholesale. Keeping records of your activities can aid your farm's sustainability. Blend the two together through a farm food safety plan and you may just watch your production grow in profitability.
Planning Considerations for Raised Beds
Raised bed gardens can help you great good growing conditions where you once had none. However, thinking ahead for site, design, and material considerations can take you from frustration to success.
Calculating Input Costs and Output Values to Get Down to Profits
When growing anything, including livestock, the best way to maximize your returns is to make sure that the inputs (fertilizers, time, etc.) don't cost more than what your end product is worth. Today you'll hear about the corn nitrogen rate calculator at (iastate.edu)http://cnrc.agron.iastate.edu/. We discuss why using tools like these will help your bottom line. We also cover other ways to improve soil productivity like increasing organic matter.
Poinsettia Care Throughout the Year
Poinsettias and Christmas Cactus both bloom during the holiday season. If you're up for the challenge, you can keep these plants healthy through the year and enjoy their blooms over and over again.
Worried About Nitrogen Costs
Input costs always factor in your profit margin, especially when costs are high. But fertilizer cost per pound isn't the only thing to look at. Different nitrogen sources give different results. Compare costs of different N sources using a NPK Fertilizer Calculator like the one at uga.edu. Tune in to learn more and let us know if you like the show at: https://bit.ly/ExtensionCallingEvaluation
Forestry and Carbon Credits
Carbon credits are the new buzz, should you sign on? What about harvesting? Work with a professional forester to make a plan and do what's best for you and your woodland. Afterall, forests take a long time to forget our mistakes.