Farming Practices

We at Bracher Farms, are stewards of the land and the environment.  We strive daily to seek a balance between the environmental and economic risks associated with farming.  Our farm ranges for 6-10 inch rainfall dryland wheat to 12-15 inches of rain where pulse crops such as peas, canola and hay can be rotated within the dryland wheat rotation.  When at the mercy of Mother Nature, environmental stewardship and conservation practices are key elements to our farming operation.  Most of our land base is in a summer-fallow rotation, giving the land a rest and conserving moisture for a year.  This is just one of many risk management tools we use to keep our farming operation viable and rewarding. 

Our farming practices range from conventional fallow operations where we mechanically cultivate and weed the soil to conserve moisture, to chem-fallow/ no-till farming where modern spray applicators are used to control wind and soil erosion.  Each of these operations has a fit within our family farm.  Many of our conventional farming tools are from the same mold used for the past 4 generations.

Bracher Farms also manages a state of the art pivot irrigation farm.  This intensive style farming eliminates the risk of weather dependent rain; however some of the costs associated with circle irrigation are greater.  The reward is producing more food and feed sources to help with the ever growing population of our planet.  Crops such as potatoes, onions, mint, grass seed, corn, and wheat are just a few of the many options we have on our irrigated acres.

Technology plays a large role in our farming practices.  GPS guided equipment helps reduce overlap, which in turn saves fuel, chemical, man hours, etc.  With our satellite technology we are able to control seed, fertilizer and chemical placement to sub-inch tolerances.  We also utilize late model tractors that reduce operator fatigue, maximize fuel efficiency and allow us to pull larger equipment.

As input costs rise, Bracher Farms has utilized many vendor relationships.  These key players help us hedge market volatility within the fuel, fertilizer and chemical industries.  We also strive to stay educated within these markets, matching our soil types, temperature and moisture to specific seed genetics and fertilizer inputs.

At Bracher Farms we are constantly searching to become more efficient, be environmentally conscious, maximize yield potential, all to help our corner of the world feed your corner of the world.
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