farming

        Plum Thicket Farms has/leases 2300 acres of farm ground, 560 acres of which are under pivot irrigation. We are passionate about following no-till practices and utilize cover crops extensively. This part of the world is very sandy and can be dry, so our efforts are directed toward preventing erosion, conserving soil moisture, and building organic matter. Forage crops work very well in our crop rotation, so we plant multispecies “cocktails” annual forages for intensive grazing. This has the added benefit of allowing us to defer more of our native pastures to grazing during the dormant season (We use a deferred pasture rotation system). Other forage crops (usually BMR Sorghum) are swathed at the appropriate time to optimize nutritional value, and then the swathes are left in the field for the cattle to graze during the winter. Our Irrigated rotation includes corn, soy beans, field peas, an oat-pea forage crop, and wheat. The corn stalks are grazed and cover crops of rye and vetch are planted whenever possible for spring grazing. We calve on rye in May.

       We have an eight year dryland crop that includes wheat, corn, field peas, sunflowers, forage sorghum. Oats and peas for forage, rye for grazing, and warm season forage cocktails for grazing.

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