LongView Farms will, to the best of our ability, apply the best agronomic practices through the use of new technology and research. We make it a priority to educate ourselves on the issues involving agriculture and to share that knowledge with others.
We work closely with Iowa State University and other private researchers on projects to improve agricultural practices. Every year, variety selection is carefully managed to best respond to disease and insect pressure. Creation and maintenance of waterways, field edges, and CRP ground is an important part of our operation which helps to filter water and reduce siltation. Our pollinator habitat plantings have helped improve available habitat for wildlife. We have also adopted many of the practices encouraged by the Land O'Lakes Sustain project which includes cover crops, reduced tillage, and nitrogen application practices to minimize the impact on the environment.
LongView Farms is an early adaptor of new technology which allows us to be more efficient users of fuel and crop inputs. With the introduction of GPS technology into agriculture applications, we are now able to improve seed placement, tillage, input application, and harvest in addition to reducing compaction, operator fatigue, and chemical and fertilizer overlap. This all adds up to increased productivity, reduced costs, and good environmental stewardship.
The LongView Farms headquarters was completed in 2012. During construction, a conscious effort was made to be as energy efficient as possible. Geothermal heat and cutting edge LED lighting were used throughout the facility. Recycling of waste products and scrap metal is an ongoing practice.
We feel blessed to be involved in agriculture and take our responsibility for the land and environment seriously. We will strive to be good stewards of the land and the resources we impact through our use of best management practices, soil conservation, and our use of energy and resources.