Responsible Investments in Farmland
We manage our properties utilizing modern farming techniques that reduce the water, labor, energy use, and greatly reduce the use of chemical applications.
Water Efficiency/ Conservation
As water becomes increasingly scarce, farmland with sustainable water resources of ground water and efficient use irrigation water should see enhanced land valuations over time.
Investing in California Farmland in a drought
It will rain again. Droughts have happened before, and typically end with wetter than usual weather patterns.
Risk to crop yield from drought, while real, is well understood. This can be planned and managed by smart investors and landowners.
We acquire properties with multiple sources of water. These areas have reliable ground water in areas of stable water levels, and they have sustainable drafting which is supplemented by the right to receive surface water from water districts. Properties that are not serviced by a water district are located in areas with historically reliable ground water.
We can manage the farms irrigation system to reduce water consumption. When properties are acquired, many times the farms are using flood irrigation or an out dated system. Some of the strategies to help with water conservation are the use of technologies such as drip and micro sprinkler irrigation, and increasing on farm water storage. In addition we can add in ground sensors that will only water sections of the farm that need it. This will distribute the water more efficiently in situations where one side of a property is drier than another. These practices reduce water consumption, water runoff, and underground contamination.
Drip irrigation systems can use real time data to adjust the water usage using; air and soil temperature, soil moisture, overall temperature, solar radiation, humidity, and wind data.
Use of water saving technologies coupled with highly efficient water distribution systems can reduce water/power use and save costs. Real time data is monitored to adjust water applications based on multiple factors.
We use solar power whenever we can. Many farms have substantial energy bills. There are many programs available to install solar power on farms. The installation of fuel efficiency water pumps can reduce the “pull” to draw water while also reducing energy consumption.
Soil Health/ Fertilizer/ Pest Control
Drives to improve yields and reduce input costs.
Routine soil testing to monitor soil nutrient levels. This testing allows us to identify the different soil types within a field, apply precise amounts of fertilizer, and reduce applications and costs.
We also add soil erosion thru a proper design of the property’s irrigation/drainage system.
Pest Control uses a number of alternative pest control methods. This is based upon integrated pest management programs. These programs reduce the amount of chemicals applied while saving costs. We do this because the use of all chemicals will face increased regulation in the future.
When using fertilizer we test the soil types and the nutrient profile for many different locations within the field. This allows us to identify the different soil types within the field and apply only the proper amount of fertilizer in locations where needed.
We expect an increasing shortage of water in many irrigated growing regions. As a result of the drought, new water restrictions imposed by law and regulation will lead to those farmlands with water supplies to become that much more valuable.