Environmental Stewardship
Our Farming Approaches
Environmental Stewardship

As crop farmers, our livelihoods and prosperity are directly related to the health and well-being of our soil and environment. Thus, it is essential that we are leading stewards of the environment. Here at Du Mond Ag, we recognize this and work tirelessly year-in and year-out to manage, improve, and strengthen the very core of our business: the land we own and operate.  Doing so is a never-ending, day-to-day, year-to-year, and generation-to-generation process. We believe the most critical aspects of environmental stewardship in the agriculture industry are soil health, soil conservation, nutrient availability and stability, water quality and management, and our overall carbon footprint.

Du Mond Ag works to manage these aspects using several environmentally-conscious conservation practices, including:

  • Filtration strips

  • Permanent water ways

  • High-resolution, sub-surface drainage

  • High-flow surface water catch basins

  • Aggressive poly-culture cover crops

  • Crop rotation

  • Narrow row spacing

  • Reduced tillage

  • Optimal nutrient application, timing, and placement

  • Precision management

We also hope to soon have year-round ground cover and fully transition to no-till farming with primarily organic nutrient management. Here at Du Mond Ag, in our daily farm practices, we make conscious strides to protect and preserve the land that we use to feed the world. Through conservation, innovation, and intense management, we lead as stewards of the environment, with hopes of leaving the land in a better place than when we started.





Conservation Practices

Du Mond Ag utilizes several conservation practices that focus primarily on managing water quality and soil erosion.  We have installed filtration strips (strips of nutrient-consuming, soil-stabilizing grasses) along most of our open ditches. These filtration strips filter and catch any soil or nutrients that are carried by surface runoff from heavy rains prior to reaching the water system. The water ways work similarly to our filtration strips; however, they typically run parallel to the fall line and are placed in lower areas where surface runoff tends to concentrate.

Annually, Du Mond Ag installs thousands of feet of sub-surface drains and catch basins. These help to reduce the dangerous and damaging surface runoff, as well as to improve the farm’s overall crop production. 

Sub-surface drainage is also critical to reducing soil erosion. By enhancing the soil drainage, we are able to maintain a reasonable level of soil saturation. This allows the soil to absorb heavy rainfalls and filter the water. It then can move the water through Du Mond Ag’s sub-surface pipes directly to the natural hydraulic system, eliminating all soil erosion completely.

Sub-surface drainage combined with the use of cover crops and good soil health creates an effective and natural water filter.  Our team installs catch basins for the same reasons: to reduce surface runoff and erosion. The catch basins are placed in areas where the watershed consolidates and follows a narrow, low-lying area toward an open ditch. Such areas are prone to high erosion due to the concentration of water and high flow rates. In order to prevent erosion, we dam the water and install a large diameter pipe just above the dam, which then transports the water to the open ditch.



Cover Crops

Cover crops are crops grown for the protection and enrichment of the soil. Our use of cover crops allows our farmland to retain organic matter and build a strong soil structure for the next planting season. For more information on our cover crop use and sales, please visit our Cover Crop Seed Sales.


 Why We Use Cover Crops:


  • Suppress weeds, soil disease, and pests
  • Protect soil from rain and runoff
  • Improve soil aggregate stability
  • Add organic matter
  • Enhance nitrogen levels




Here you can see a mixture of our winter cover crop seed. This mixture includes Crimson Clover, Buckwheat, Sunflower, Sunn Hemp, Winter Pea, Turnip, Sorghum Sudangrass, Annual Ryegrass, and Radish seeds. The specific combination will be used on a field harvested for wheat and will will grow corn for the following year. We have different cover crop blends for each field type depending on what the field yielded the previous season and what will be planted in the future season. This allows us to ensure the land has the correct minerals to sustain a specific crop in the upcoming year.



Planting Methods

Crop rotation is vital to organic farming and environmental stewardship. It involves changing the type of crop grown in a particular field on a regular basis, planting alternate groups of plants each year. Our team emphasizes the importance of yearly crop rotation in order to protect our soils, increase fertility, and prevent pests, weeds, and diseases from building up.


Our team employs a narrow-row planting approach, which helps to control surface erosion and mitigates evaporation and soil drying. Planting in narrow rows also allows for better soil utilization, faster canopy, and more efficient sunlight consumption.


Additionally, as a Precision Agriculture crop farm, we use Variable Rate Application when preparing our fields. This refers to the application of a material based on the precise location or qualities of the area that the material is being applied to.


Finally, our team uses Split Fertilizer Application to optimize the nutrient management in the soil. This involves dividing our total nitrogen application into two or more treatments. The process enhances nutrient efficiency and promotes optimum yields and nutrient preservation. We also apply only natural pest management in our crop fields.




Control Traffic Operations

When preparing our fields each year, Du Mond Ag employs the use of tramlines. This refers to the routes that our tractors and trucks use to drive in and out of the fields. We keep the vehicles driving down the same route year after year. This portion of the field is always compact but it allows the rest of the field to be free of traffic. As a result, our soil structure is stronger and the field receives better water infiltration.



Contact Information

Du Mond Offices
Phone: (315) 252-9191
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