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NAME: Cecil and Steele Byrum
LOCATION: Windsor, Va. FARM: Byrum Family Farms Inc.
YEARS NO-TILLING: 37
CROPS: Winter wheat, cotton, corn and soybeans
In an area that gets at least 52 inches of precipitation each year, you wouldn’t think lack of moisture would be a driving factor in any farming decisions.
While moisture seems plentiful on paper, in the real world a combination of soil types and the timing of precipitation make moisture a factor we absolutely consider in our management strategies. It’s one of the reasons we tried no-till in 1980 and rely heavily on the practice still today.
Our farm is located on the coastal plains of southeast Virginia just 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We are blessed to farm here. It’s a beautiful area that doesn’t have a lot of big agriculture. Encroachment from surrounding communities has been a challenge, though the economy crash in 2008 gave us a little stay and farmland isn’t disappearing as quickly.
Steele Byrum (right)
Farmland in this area is generally flat, though field sizes are small and irregularly shaped. As you would expect…