A gentle overnight rain turned into a science experiment for Darin Williams, Waverly, Kan., when he collected these samples of drainage water from nearby ditch waterways. The samples come from a ¾-mile radius of each other and have the same soil types.
Paying careful attention to herbicide labels, cover crop selection, research results, and the timing of herbicide application and seeding can help increase your odds of successful incorporation of cover crops into a corn and soybean system....More
When David Carter had an opportunity to use new software that addresses the dollars and cents implications of soil conservation practices on his farm near Randolph, Iowa, he jumped at the chance....More
In the 5 ag stories to read this week, learn about new herbicides for 2016 and get info on soil testing for SCN. Access cover crop information on your phone and get tips for increasing your corn and soybean yields. Finally, enjoy some farm learning games for kids.
West-central Wisconsin farmer Carl Oberholtzer has made no-till work. It's been a learning experience that has helped him maintain soil organic matter, with hopes of growing it as he incorporates cover crops....More
“A lot of conservation practices — once you get them working well — turn out to be an economic advantage, so you make more money,” says Brian Parkinson, a corn and soybean grower from Reynolds, Ill....More
Illinois farmer Brian Parkinson thinks saturated buffers are a good fit for his farm. The conservation drainage practice diverts tile water before it reaches the outlet and reroutes it along the length of an existing grass buffer strip....More
Farmers from Iowa, Indiana and Ohio have written offer their advice and opinions on tillage, sustainability and soil health. Some agree with being progressive, and others are questioning it. What are your thoughts on being sustainable?...More
Cover crops are gaining in usage across the Corn Belt. We'd like to know, do you plan to plant cover crops this fall? If so, on how many acres of your row-crop fields? Or, perhaps you won't plant any at all. Take our latest poll and let us know. Feel free to leave a comment with your location and planned cover crop acreage.