ACS consultants take pride in being able to help farms identify ways to improve the overall fertility of the farm. Our independent agronomy consultants use science-based information to design a program best suited to the client.
Independent Agronomy Professionals
ACS Agronomy Consultants are independent crop consultants, holding Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) credentials, who work with some of the best farms throughout the Northeast. They can help you make the right decisions and work with you on the next steps toward increased profitability for your farm. The independent structure of our organization means that we do not sell crop supplies. Our only interest is in learning about you, your farm, and what we can do to provide a plan that will move you forward.
A Complete, Customized Plan
Soil sample analysis and good maps are the foundation for building a strong crop plan, so these are the first components of the plan that we focus on. Working with the farm we gather information about rotation plan, pest management, fertilizer use, and current needs and/or opportunities. The result is a plan that includes our independent recommendations based on the farm’s specific needs. Included are a set of professionally created maps that can help you and your team communicate clearly throughout the crop season.
The increasing value of your crops and the increased cost of inputs to grow them make every crop decision more important than ever. It is a great time to evaluate the crop side of your operation and be confident you are putting your nutrient dollar where it will give you the greatest return at harvest time.
By using our agronomy team, you have access to an independent resource to help identify opportunities and make the best decisions to advance your cropping goals. We’ll look at drainage, tillage practices, crop varieties, pest and plant disease, and any other factors that may be influencing yield or preventing optimum nitrogen use.
The ACS agronomy team is dedicated to providing professional and timely service that can enhance your crop program in the following way:
- Greater yields through applying ACS proprietary fertility planning that uses field or subfield management appropriate to your farm and its goals.
- Improved crop quality by having access to consultants who can evaluate varieties, scout fields, and project optimal harvest dates.
- Better control of pests by helping you to develop an appropriate application strategy and providing a professional assessment of your fields.
- Optimum nutrient use by helping you to identify where and how much nitrogen will be appropriate for maximum growth while minimizing fertilizer expense.
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management (IPM) is not a single pest control method but, rather, a series of pest management evaluations, decisions and controls. In practicing IPM, growers and agronomy consultants who are aware of the potential for pest infestation follow a four-tiered approach.
Before taking any pest control action, IPM sets an action threshold, a point at which pest populations or environmental conditions indicate that pest control action must be taken. Sighting a single pest does not always mean control is needed. The level at which pests will become an economic threat is critical to guide future pest control decisions.
Monitor and Identify Pests
Not all insects, weeds, and other living organisms require control. Many organisms are innocuous, and some are even beneficial. IPM programs work to monitor for pests and identify them accurately, so that appropriate control decisions can be made in conjunction with action thresholds. This monitoring and identification optimizes pesticide use to conserve beneficial organisms and control pests.
As a first line of pest control, IPM programs work to manage the crop to prevent pests from becoming a threat. This may mean using cultural methods, such as rotating between different crops, selecting pest-resistant varieties, and planting pest-free rootstock. These control methods can be very effective, cost-efficient, and present little to no risk to people or the environment.
Once monitoring, identification, and action thresholds indicate that pest control is required, IPM programs allow for the selection of the proper control method both for effectiveness and risk. Effective, less risky pest controls are chosen first, including highly targeted chemicals, such as pheromones to disrupt pest mating, or mechanical control, such as trapping or weeding. If further monitoring, identifications and action thresholds indicate that less risky controls are not working, then additional pest control methods would be employed, such as targeted spraying of pesticides.