CASI's Bottens hosts CA visitors at his farm in Sherrard, IL July 31, 2019!
July 31, 2019
A group of about six members of California Ag Solutions along with CASI's Jeff Mitchell were treated to a simply fantastic and very eye-opening tour of the Bottens Family Farm on July 31st near the small northwestern IL town of Sherrard, IL by long-time Workgroup member, Monte Bottens. The visit included in-depth looks at the very sophisticated and state-of-the-art no-till planting and strip-till equipment that has been developed at the farm and also a number of the very creative new frontier marketing endeavors that Monte and his family farm colleagues are involved with including integrating beef cattle grazing into no-till production systems and a broad line of locally-marketed beef products. Monte also presented a very interesting discussion, “Ready, set, strip-till: Proving first-year payback,” at the 6th Annual National Strip-till Farmer Conference that was held in Peoria, IL, about an hour from his family's farm. Monte is part of a growing new wave of farmers who're deliberately looking to better connect with consumers and to also diversify their markets through innovative cropping and creative approaches to farming.
CASI’s Monte Bottens, President of ANP in Moline, IL, and farmer with his dad, Bob Bottens, at Bottens Family Farm in Sherrard, IL hosting a group of California Ag Solutions visitors and Jeff Mitchell on July 31, 2019
Recently-harvested wheat field with 14-way cover crop no-till planted directly into it at Bottens Family Farm in Sherrard, IL
Emerging cover crop in no-till planted wheat field at Bottens Family Farm in Sherrard, IL, July 31, 2019