Did you know your land’s condition has a direct relation to its value? A substantial layer of top soil reduces costs of fertilizer and seed loss, improves land value, and maintains downstream water quality. According to Mike Duffy, Iowa State University Extension Service economist, topsoil has an estimated worth of approximately $6.50 per ton. The average Iowa farm loses about 5 tons of topsoil per acre, per year, or a loss of $32.50 per acre. For a 300 acre farm, the total annual loss could be $9,750. On a 5,000 acre farm , it could be as much as $162,500. Topsoil is a resource worth protecting!
The Validus Farmland Guardian Program can provide you with the information and evaluation you need to determine which improvements could add value to your farmland and why. You will see how changes in farm management practices ensure more responsible farming by bringing the land into its sustainable and profitable condition. Contact us today to discuss the Farmland Guardian Program and how we can help you!