Aug 6, 2021
James Johnson is a
fourth-generation farmer in New Mexico and the Vice President of
Carzalia Valley Produce. When James finally took over the family
farm in the early 2000s the outlook of his operation seemed grim.
After many years of trial and error with various practices, James
found the Advancing Eco Agriculture team where he discovered the
benefits of regenerative agriculture.
Thanks to his partnership with
AEA, James achieved an outstanding yield of 1,490 lbs/acre for Pima
Cotton at the end of harvest season 2020 while his county average
was 880 lbs/acre!
In this episode, James and AEA
founder John Kempf discuss:
- The shift in agronomy
management on James’ farm over the last 20 years.
- James’ first encounter with
John Kempf and the similarities in their personal
- The long-term effects of
herbicide, insecticide, and pesticide use on crops from the
perspective of a self-declared “recovering glyphoholic”
- Solving onion thrips and
western flower thrips pressure with regenerative foliar
applications, rather than insecticides.
- James’ observations on
chlorpyrifos and diazinon—how their use affects non-target species
and overall soil biology.
- The technology James uses as a self-proclaimed early adopter,
including evapotranspiration platforms and an AI robot that pulls