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For two planting seasons in a row, saturated soils have tested Roger Wuthrich’s patience. On his farm in southeast Iowa, the conservation practices that have been used for several years, like no-till, cover crops and miles of terraces and waterways, help absorb excess moisture in case there’s a repeat this spring.
Originally, those practices were put in place to eliminate erosion. “I can’t stand to see soil leave the farm,” he said. “In this part of the country, the soil erodes quickly if you don’t protect it. We’ve put in miles of terraces and after the last couple of years, we’ve had to do a lot of repairs and we’re not quite done with those.”
Wuthrich’s goal is to no-till as many acres as possible because it also improves soil structure, helping him get into the fields sooner.
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