The Felton family has been living and farming on the same land since 1882. Each generation has practiced stewardship and has acquired additional land that benefited the next generation. It all began with John J. Felton in 1882 and continues today with Trent and Jason Felton – the sixth generation to be custodians of this land. Cotton has a long history on the Felton farm. It has been and will continue to play a huge role in the success of Felton farms.
The Feltons have experienced steady growth and have adopted new technologies, which provide economic benefit. The following are a part of the Felton’s evolving farm management practices for various crops and these practices have significantly contributed to the sustainability and profitability of the farm. They also reduce their environmental footprint and enable the Felton’s to be more responsible producers by increasing yields with fewer inputs.
- Crop rotation, among cotton, corn, grain sorghum, peanuts, and soybeans, increases yields, and helps to eliminate hard to control weed species and soil-borne pathogens and pests.
- Precision leveled fields to provide drainage and the ability to furrow irrigate.
- Prevention of soil and nutrient loss by maintaining abundant water drainage outlets.
- Implemented Pipe Planner (advance Phaucet Program) to all fields and the use of surge valves to reduce/eliminate the runoff of irrigation water.
- Placement of liquid phosphate in a band at planting. This has eliminated the use of granular phosphate.
- Soil sampled by soil management zones, results in fertilizer and lime being applied at different rates only in deficient zones, by a spreader utilizing variable rate technology.
- Maximize soil health by: Applying biologicals and enzymes to stimulate bio-activity, which makes existing nutrients available to crops; cover crops during winter to feed biologicals and for erosion control; practice minimum tillage to sustain biological life and organic matter; broadcast gypsum in the fields after crop emergence to enhance water infiltration and eliminate aluminum toxicity in our soil root zone.
- Use GPS and spray controllers to prevent overlap of pesticides or chemicals and to maintain consistent flow rates.
- Converted majority of diesel wells to electric to reduce irrigation pumping costs and to reduce the carbon imprint.