“The biggest stretch we’ve had to plant has been two days this year, we’ve been working through the night in some cases,” remarked Matt Danner, co-owner of Templeton Family Farms. Planting this year has been difficult to say the least given the extreme temperature swings and heavy rainfall. Matt, his older brother, and father run a corn and soybean farm and swine finishing operation in Templeton, Iowa.
Bringing New Technologies On The Farm
Matt is not shy to new technologies, he’s very tech savvy having started his career at John Deere. He sees them as an opportunity to learn and see if they can improve their business. The decision to move forward with implementing a new technology on their farm comes down to the value it brings, “You don’t have to wait for the end of the year to evaluate whether it’s working or not, we’ll hear about it from our team. If I’m getting numerous calls a day about something not working, I don’t have to look at our financials to tell me it’s not working.” In other words, the product has to speak for itself.
“When you lose an inch of topsoil, you aren’t just losing the dirt, you are losing the nutrients, organisms, microbes and organic matter一the best part.”
A Focus On Soil
From the last generation to Matt and his brother’s generation their focus has moved to soil erosion and conservation, “When you lose an inch of topsoil, you aren’t just losing the dirt, you are losing the nutrients, organisms, microbes and organic matter一the best parts.” The industry is also shifting their focus to soil and conservation practices. “The current state of food and the world says we have to do more with less in an environmentally stable fashion,” said Matt. Through implementing practices to retain the quality of their soil they build a respectable story, “I hope Trace’s technology is the stepping stone that gets us there.”
About: Matt Danner is co-owner of Templeton Family Farms operated in Templeton, Iowa. The Danner family has a long-standing legacy in farming, their operation was established in 1886. To learn more about their farm visit their website.
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