1.
Production Practices

PRACTICES

1.

What practices do you implement on your farm and what percentage?

 

Conventional__________

Integrated pest management__________

Low input__________

Certified organic__________

Mixed crop and animal systems__________

Biodynamic__________

Other__________

2.

Do you rotate crops?

3.

Do you use cover crops?

4.

Do you control flowering, fruit set, or growth of your crops?

5.

How do you accomplish pollination?

6.

Do you manage bees or other pollinators?

7.

If you grow annual crops, do you use hybrid varieties?

8.

Do you grow perennial, woody, or tree crops?

9.

Do you have a strategy for managing biodiversity on your farm?

WEED, DISEASE AND INSECT CONTROL
  1. What control practices do you use for weeds?

  2. What control practices do you use for diseases?

  3. What control practices do you use for insects?

  4. If you use integrated pest management (IPM), what practices do you employ?

  5. If you use IPM, do you hire or contract with IPM management firms or individuals?

SOIL RESOURCES—General Soil characteristics (for the major soil types only)
  1. Please describe the soil types on your farm.

  2. Relate soil characteristics to specific enterprises/crop rotations, vegetation management

  3. Highlight any limitations (for example, are soils erodible, subject to flooding, poorly structured, sloped, etc.?)

  4. What do you like best about your soil? How do you to respond to challenges to soil quality (compaction, erosion, periodic flooding, poor structure, slope, etc.)?

  5. What soil management program do you use?

  6. How do you assess soil health and fertility? Do you do bioassays to evaluate microbial activity?

  7. Do you use fertilizers? __Yes or __No

  8. Do you use compost? __Yes or __No

  9. Do you use green manures/cover crops. If so, what crops?

  10. Do you use soil amendments? If so, what kind?

  11. Do you use soil conservation/prevention of erosion methods? If so, what kind?

  12. Do you know the level of soil organic matter in your fields? If so, how do you measure this?



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