Situated within the Mississippi flyway for migratory waterfowl, Isbell Farms provides habitat for thousands of waterfowl each winter. By holding rainwater on winter-fallowed fields and by reserving special sections of our farm as rest area, we provide waterfowl with a place to rest and eat as they move south for the winter.
Though mechanical harvesting technology has becoming increasingly efficient over the years, some small portion of any crop still remains in the field after harvest. Ducks and Geese flying south for the winter are able to consume this to replenish their energy stores while helping to clean the field for next year’s production. It is a symbiotic relationship.
On Isbell Farms we also maintain dozens of miles of small buffer zones between fields that provide habitat for many species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals.