Production Practices

At Snyder’s Sweet Corn, we are committed to growing our crops using environmentally sustainable farming practices
that help us to be good stewards of the land we’ve been blessed to farm.
We believe that we do not own the land, but merely borrow it from future generations.
Using this approach we try to continuously improve the land, leaving it in better condition for those to come.

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Integrated pest management

We use Integrated Pest Management to manage pest pressure in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner. Just like children, crops need a stress free environment to thrive. Minimizing crop stress from pests, allows the corn plants to produce cobs that are of the highest quality and nutritional value, for our family and yours.

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an approach to pest control that considers all management options to maintain pests below an economic injury level. Tools for the management of pests include cultural, physical, biological, behavioural and chemical. With IPM, adverse effects of pesticides are minimized and economic returns are maintained.

IPM programs make extensive use of information collected in the cropping system and require careful management by the grower. To implement an IPM program you must understand:
-pest identification, biology and behaviour
-beneficial organisms
-monitoring techniques
-use and timing of appropriate management tools
-record keeping
-resistance management strategies
-weed management
-spray calibration

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BIO-DEGRADEABLE PLASTIC MULCH

In an effort to reduce our environmental footprint at Snyder’s Sweet Corn, we are pleased to now grow our early corn under BIODEGRADABLE plastic mulch. Bio360 100% biodegradable and compostable mulch film made from Mater-Bi, perfectly environmentally friendly material, a genetically unmodified starch/vegetable oil resin.

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CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FARMING

Controlled traffic farming (CTF) is a management tool which is used to reduce the damage to soils caused by heavy or repeated agricultural machinery passes on the land. This damage and its negative consequences have been well documented and include increased fuel use, poor seedbeds, reduced crop yields and poor soil function in terms of water infiltration, drainage and greenhouse gas mitigation.

Controlled traffic farming is a system which confines all machinery loads to the least possible area of permanent traffic lanes. Current farming systems allow machines to run at random over the land, compacting around 75% of the area within one season and at least the whole area by the second season. Soils don’t recover quickly, taking as much as a few years. Our CTF system on the other hand, reduces tracking by close to 50% and this is always in the same place. This is made possible by using GPS with sub-inch accuracy.

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MINIMUM TILLAGE

Minimum tillage is a soil conservation system like Strip-till and shallow tillage with the goal of minimum soil manipulation necessary for a successful crop production. It is a tillage method that does not turn the soil over. Less soil disturbance promotes a healthier environment for soil life.

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SUBSURFACE IRRIGATION

Subsurface drip irrigation is an established irrigation technology that delivers water and nutrients directly to the plant root zone, minimizing waste and improving crop performance. Over the next 5 years, we will be implementing this technology over our sweet corn land base.

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GRASSED WATERWAYS

Grassed waterways are broad, shallow and typically saucer-shaped channels designed to move surface water across farmland without causing soil erosion. The vegetative cover in the waterway slows the water flow and protects the channel surface from the eroding forces of runoff water.

PROCESSING PRACTICES

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