We spend extensive time partnering with community agencies, governmental entities, and our local public to ensure that we are as collaborative and effective as possible.
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The METROGRO® Farm Management Plan is a collaborative effort between us and tenant farmer to coordinate activities and schedule the biosolids land application and farming operations. We can identify problem areas and track progress of remedial actions.
This plan covers several topics:
- Crops: Current crops include winter wheat, sorghum / sudan grass and dryland corn.
- Erosion control: Practices and controls are in place to minimize erosion due to wind, precipitation and run-off from dry conditions.
- Weed control: Chem-fallow is being worked into rotation of crop years.
- Grazing: METROGRO® pastures are used from May to December. Extra care is given to stocking rates and grazing practices to protect the grasses & prevent sod damage.
We Monitor for Continuous Improvement
We participate with US Geological Survey (USGS) to measure the effects of biosolids application in soils, groundwater,
surface water and crops at our METROGRO® Farm. Find more details at the USGS website.
We also initiated a Deep Soil monitoring study at the METROGRO® Farm with Colorado State University to evaluate the effects of our biosolids land application program in soil profiles.
As part of our Biosolids Management Program, we have built in activities to monitor our operations and biosolids programs. This enables us to continually improve our operations and practices.