Keeping a living root in the soil 365 days a year is a lofty goal. The solution for Fayette County farmer Loran Steinlage is relay cropping.
Iowa State University Extension Cropping Systems Specialist Mark Licht provides insights to help farmers move forward after a difficult growing season.
On the flat, tile-drained landscape, Webster County farmer Kellie Blair incorporates cover crops, no-till, strip-till and data-driven nutrient management to minimize nutrient losses from subsurface drainage.
Washington County farmer Mitchell Hora says the stage is set to capture additional revenue from 4R Plus practices by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.
Mollie Aronowitz with Peoples Company recommends using leases as discussion starters between non-operating landowners and tenants to adopt 4R Plus practices.
Non-operating landowners rate conservation as a top priority because it helps maintain a farm’s value, says Hertz Farm Management, Inc.
Mark Jackson, a corn and soybean farmer in Mahaska County, defines sustainability as having the economics of farming in balance with his community and the environment. Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association
Fine-tuning his nutrient management protocol helped Stu Swanson, a Wright County corn, soybean and hog farmer, maximize the return on his input investment and maintain a high level of productivity.