Ritter maintains its heritage of farming as manager and steward of its farmland holdings. Innovation, conservation and sustainability are ingrained into the operation. Farming the right way means emphasizing both yields and sustainability, and focusing both on conservation and financial consistency.
Ritter’s row crop operation:
In addition to managing its owned farmland by partnering with local farmer tenants, Ritter farms a significant amount of its land directly, using its own equipment and employees. The focus is on innovation, productivity and profitability, balanced with conservation and sustainability. We produce a variety of traditional commodity crops, including soybeans, rice, cotton, corn and wheat. In addition, we have recently expanded our crop mix to include edible, non-GMO soybeans.
Ritter’s farming operation includes a 300-acre research farm near its headquarters in Marked Tree, Arkansas.
Working with researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, we stay abreast of the latest methods and technological advances in the agriculture industry. In addition to agronomic advancements, one of the main goals of the research farm is to help develop and put into practice advancements in soil and water conservation to promote environmental conservation and sustainability.
For example, Ritter was one of the early adopters in northeast Arkansas to grow row rice, which substantially reduces the amount of required irrigation water.
Ritter also partners with a local irrigation pipe manufacturer to utilize computerized irrigation models to increase efficiency and reduce the consumption of irrigation water in all crops throughout the growing season.
Other conservation measures Ritter has adopted in its farming operation include:
- • Using precision land forming of crop fields and innovative sprinkler nozzles to improve irrigation efficiency.
- • Using cover crops, no-till and conservation tillage to control erosion and improve soil quality.
- • Implementing the practice of planting grass and trees on land adjoining rivers and streams to control soil erosion and nutrient and sediment runoff.
- • Engaging in an initiative to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff through voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability.
- • Participating in multi-year studies within the United States Department of Agriculture and major universities, discovering and managing how farming practices impact nutrients and sediments in water runoff.
Ritter Agribusiness is uniquely qualified with a long history and a solid track record of performance and success in the agricultural industry. We are moving forward into the future with a time-tested, proven methodology coupled with new technology to stay at the forefront of the industry.
Fresh ideas, innovation and doing things right are some of the reasons why we’ve been around so long. And being established for so many years has enabled us to become grounded in the agricultural community. For well over a century, we have been helping farmers, landowners and business owners in the Delta/Mid-South region boost productivity and profitability.