Sauk Farm is certified organic through the WSDA. At our farm we take a proactive approach to insure crop success. A multitude of soil, foliar, and fruit nutritional tests are taken to discover imbalances and adjust them before an issue arises.
To improve nutrient cycling and promote insect, plant, and soil micro fauna diversity we plant a mixture of red clover, white clover, mustard, barley, and ryegrass cover crops between our rows of trees and vines, and apply a horse manure compost mulch every spring. The flowering of the leguminous cover crops provides ample forage for our Italian honeybees and other native pollinators.
We monitor weekly for pests, diseases, and nutritional deficiencies. Besides monitoring for pests, we also monitor beneficial insects to appropriately time practices so as not to harm their population levels. We take into special account the species diversity that exists on our farm. To illustrate to the left is a Multicolored Asian Lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis) and to the right is a Western Lady Beetle (Cycloneda polita).
Left: Here is another example of a benefical predator we have on our farm. My personal favorite the green lacewing. These guys are voracious predators that feed on aphids and other soft bodied pests.
Right: This is a native pollinator that was out pollinating in the vineyard. These native bees are very friendly and do not sting.
Loading manure spreader with New Holland T4-120
Honeycrisp apple block spread with compost