By Paul Schmitt
El-Na Farms in Kewaunee County is starting a new pilot program with Land O’Lakes called SUSTAIN!. The technology that is implemented helps farmers use conservation practices that improve environmental outcomes for air, soil, and water without losing profit potential. Lonnie Fenendael, who operates the farm with his brothers Barry and Shane, says erosion and the depth of the soil in Kewaunee County is a major concern because of the limited top soil and limestone rock under their fields. He says the program puts numbers to the proof that a lot of soil is moving around.
Fenendael estimates that nutrient loss in an average 40-acre field can amount to probably up to $2,000 in loss production each year. The precision conservation pilot was implemented starting back with meetings in February. El-Na Farms is located west of Algoma on Pheasant Road and is a six-generation farm that milks 1,500 cows and manages 4,500 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa.