Practices and Systems en Partners in conservation <div class="field-deck"> A young Iowa farmer and his landlord work together on soil and water improvements </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Although it’s only been three seasons since Scott Poen switched to no-till and strip-till, the soil is already responding, he says. Water infiltration has improved, and he hasn’t had to fix any washouts on sloping fields. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:57:00 +0000 102001 at <p>Poen and Ritchie worked together on plans for a constructed wetland on Carnavon Creek, which flows through Bethune family land and empties into Black Hawk Lake. The wetland, which treats both surface and subsurface drainage water from a large area, was built with federal and state funds through the Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Ritchie donated a pasture and 15 acres of cropland for the project, which includes a 4-acre pond, a large dam, and a 24-acre grass buffer. Such wetlands are very effective at filtering nutrients and sediment, cutting nitrate loads by 20% to 50%. They also provide a home for wildlife.</p> Photo: Kurt Lawton 5 Agriculture stories to read, Nov. 20, 2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 agriculture stories to read this week, read about the pros and cons to different tillage methods and get some insight into data management. Learn about the possibilities to use corn stover as a cellulosic ethanol source and find out how to access hybrid yield results from farmers across the country. Finally, check out a new Facebook page and Go Fund Me campaign, Farm Toys for Tots.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Precision Ag Tillage Precision Farming Tillage Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:28:00 +0000 101961 at Attend the Conservation Tillage Conference <div class="field-byline"> Source: Conservation Tillage Conference </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In less than a month, farmers will gather to discuss conservation tillage. The annual Conservation Tillage Conference, held this year in Willmar on Dec. 15 and 16, will feature speakers, breakout sessions, roundtable discussions and the favorite: beer and bull. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Tillage Conservation Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:14:00 +0000 101931 at Can cover crops help farmers combat climate change, drought? <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>As harvest season ends and farmers in the United States ready themselves for winter, one small change could make a huge difference in their soil’s health and the health of our climate-impacted world: planting cover crops.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Sustainable Agriculture cover crops Soil Sustainable Agriculture Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:52:00 +0000 101921 at New farm pond recycles drainage water <div class="field-deck"> Iowa farmer builds profitable pond to capture excess water that feeds five center pivots. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With the installation of an 18-acre pond in mid-December 2014, eastern Iowa grower Jim Sladek married the pattern drainage and irrigation. By April 1, the pond was full, ready and waiting for use by center pivots. Ninety-five percent of its water came from drain tile.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Corn Soybeans Conservation Drainage Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:31:00 +0000 101911 at <p>The sun sets on Eastern Iowa farmer Jim Sladek&rsquo;s new 18-acre pond he built to capture and recycle drain tile water through his pivot irrigation rigs.&nbsp;</p> Photo: JCS Family Farms Back to the basics: Making variable rate pay <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There are many reasons to variable rate apply lime, but you can’t consider them without an accurate geo-referenced soil sample. It’s a great way to get started and the savings in lime cost by only treating the low pH acres will more than pay for the cost of the soil sample!</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fertilizer Precision Ag Variable Rate Application Tue, 17 Nov 2015 21:36:00 +0000 101861 at Photo: Charles Brutlag/Hemera/ThinkStock Farm management fast lane <div class="field-deck"> New cloud-based data services bring powerful decision tools to the farm. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>“The cloud-based software we are now using is a huge time-saver,” says Jeana Harms, who began using Granular, a new farm management service, in 2015. “It automatically downloads data from our planter and sprayer monitors and hopefully soon, it will integrate and download from combine monitors, too. It saves a lot of phone calls and back and forth keeping track of what we are doing.”</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Precision Ag Precision Farming Electronics and digital equipment Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:45:00 +0000 101541 at <p>Keeping track of harvest and reconciling bushels delivered for storage or sale with combine data has been simpler for Hoehn Farms since it began using Granular on-line farm management software.&nbsp;</p> Photo: Hoehn Farms #ICYMI: Top stories from October 2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In case you missed it: Here are our most-read stories from October 2015. From tillage's impact on soil health to new equipment, soil fertility management to dropping high-priced land leases, these stories appealed to farmers for their tips, insight and information.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Equipment Fertilizer Tillage Tillage Fri, 06 Nov 2015 20:06:00 +0000 101441 at Can conservation cut insurance rates? <div class="field-deck"> Data analysis could put teeth in conservation value. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Tying conservation practices to federal crop insurance rules and rates requires turning field experience into public policy, and that requires data. AGree, a collaborative effort founded and funded by nine of the world's leading foundations committed to food and agriculture, is attempting to make that connection.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Issues Conservation Crop Mon, 02 Nov 2015 20:35:00 +0000 101381 at Source: NRCS 5 Agriculture stories to read, Oct.30, 2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body">In the 5 ag stories to read this week, get advice from experts on not skimping on crop inputs and see what a balance sheet looks like with lower farmland prices. Read about an EU rejection of opting out of biotech food and learn about changing chisel points to increase residue. Finally help out an ag-friendly Senator who supports biotech and a uniform food labeling system.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Issues Soybeans Tillage GMO Crops Tillage Fri, 30 Oct 2015 22:42:00 +0000 101371 at