At Ioka Farms we pride ourselves as being good stewards of the land. This means that we take care in preventing soil erosion, improving soil structure, and enhancing soil fertility to give stable and sustainable returns for our landlords.
To accomplish this, we focus on raising perennial crops that don’t require annual tillage of the soil. This would include perennial ryegrass (2-4 year rotation) and fine fescue (3-7 year rotation). As these grass seed crops reach the end of their rotation, we aim to use no tillage methods to plant the following annual rotation crops. These crops include Meadowfoam and small grains. Management is key as we cycle through the rotations. We use soil testing to determine economical quantities of Lime and nutrients to add to the soil to maintain fertility.