North Dakota potato grower honored for conservation efforts

01/27/2014 11:24:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Hoverson FarmsCourtesy National Potato Council(from left to right) Casey, Carl and Mike Hoverson run the family's farm with conservation in mind.Carl Hoverson, a Larimore, N.D., potato grower and owner of Hoverson Farms, recently was recognizes for his commitment to conservation stewardship at the National Potato Council's annual meeting in San Antonio.

Hoverson, a fourth-generation grower, received the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award, which is a collaboration between the NPC and the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a news release.

The annual award recognizes a potato operation that enhances the environment without compromising potato yield or quality.

In the case of Hoverson Farms, Carl and his sons have adopted precision agriculture to make prescriptive applications of fertilizer, pesticides and irrigation water.

In addition, they scout fields first before applying any crop-protection material. In some cases, they may only apply it to the borders.

They also rotate chemistries to avoid pesticide resistance and are transitioning to slow-release encapsulated fertilizers to protect the groundwater.

“As a larger farm, we can spend more time and resources trying to be better stewards of the land,” Hoverson said in the release. “With my operation, it gives me time to be aware of what we can do to make the whole situation better by planning and implementing these stewardship plans, and that’s what it is all about.”

Carl is joined by his sons Mike, who handles the agronomy, and Casey, who oversees irrigation.

The deadline to nominate someone for the 2014 Environmental Stewardship Award is March 15. The selection will be made by the NPC Executive Committee, and the honoree will be recognized at the 2015 NPC Annual Meeting in Orlando.

The award is sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection.

For more information, contact the NPC at spudinfo@nationalpotatocouncil.org.

You can view a video about Hoverson Farms on operation at YouTube.



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