Practices and Systems en Too progressive? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I enjoy good debates with farmers because often, everyone gains something in the process. But conversations become difficult for me when science is ignored in favor of personal beliefs.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/think-different">Think Different</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Issues Tillage Think Different Tillage Think Different Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:16:00 +0000 103031 at 2016 Conservation Legacy Awards: Conservation is a family tradition <div class="field-deck"> Kansas farming brothers build on grandfather and father’s strong conservation base. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Three generations of Winsors have been working since the 1940s to sustain soil and water resources on the family farm in northeastern Kansas. “Having those practices in place allows my brother and I to implement newer conservation techniques, such as water management and cover crops," says Andy Winsor.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:23:00 +0000 102941 at <p>Front row (L to R): Ben Winsor, wife Emily, daughter Collins; Andy Winsor, wife LaVell; and Pat and Russell Winsor, parents of Andy and Ben.&nbsp;Back row (L to R): Kade and Brayden, Andy and LaVell&rsquo;s children.</p> 2016 Conservation Legacy Awards: Sustainable, cost-effective system <div class="field-deck"> West Tennessee farmer always has something growing </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>About 10 years ago, John Verell transitioned from cotton to corn, wheat and double-cropped soybeans, made no-till a priority and began to use cover crops. “Erosion just isn’t an issue any more,” this year’s Conservation Legacy Award winner for the South Region says. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:09:00 +0000 102931 at <p>John Verell (on right) works alongside his dad, Alan, and his granddad John Sr. on their farms in West Tennessee.</p> 2016 Conservation Legacy Awards: A never-till mindset <div class="field-deck"> No-till, cover crops and technology part of the total conservation package for Delaware farmer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Cory Atkins has a “never-till” mindset. The southwest Delaware farmer is 100 percent no-till on all his corn, soybeans and wheat, and moving closer to that on his vegetable crops. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:30:00 +0000 102921 at <p>Cory Atkins is going beyond protecting his sandy soils to building them with no-till and cover crops.</p> Enroll acres in the Conservation Stewardship Program by March 31 <div class="field-byline"> Source: USDA </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>One-hundred-fifty million dollars in funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA's largest conservation program.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:54:00 +0000 102901 at Photo: NRCS Will low crop prices increase CRP acres? <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>There appears to be more interest in the CRP enrollment in 2016, due to the current lower crop prices and reduced farm profitability. FSA will rank all bid offers for the General CRP enrollment on the basis of the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) to determine which CRP bids are accepted. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Conservation USDA Focus on Ag Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:21:00 +0000 102791 at Better variable-rate management zones <div class="field-deck"> Indiana farmer uses new soil sensor technologies to improve zones and variable-rate opportunities. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Indiana farmer Lynn Hindbaugh plans to capitalize on new detailed soil type and organic matter maps to: Experiment with variable-rate seeding, improve variable-rate fertility practices and evaluate multi-hybrid planting scenarios.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Precision Ag Soil Variable Rate Application Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:27:00 +0000 102691 at <p>The new Veris U3000 includes two sensors that map organic matter and soil texture. A new tillage-mounted rig also is available.&nbsp;</p> Photo: Veris Industries Less traffic in the field, more productivity in the soil <div class="field-deck"> Field traffic lanes register 66% more compaction than growing zones on this farm. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Charlie Hammer has never done the same thing for too long, except when it comes to wheels on soil. He has deliberately traveled the same controlled-traffic (CT) lanes on his Beaver Dam, Wis., farm to limit soil compaction. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Corn Precision Ag Soybeans Conservation Precision Farming Fri, 08 Jan 2016 23:48:00 +0000 102541 at <p>The traffic pass we see (beneath the sign) is from the spring strip-till pass, followed by the tractor + the corn planter, followed by the same tractor sidedressing. This pattern existed for nine years before this photo. Notice that the soil below the traffic lane (below the hole) doesn&rsquo;t cave in when excavated above, and how we see fewer roots. To the right of the hole is a non-traffic lane.</p> Photo: Nancy Kavazanjian Realistic environmental groups understand value of working with farmers <div class="field-deck"> Environmental group partners </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As crop producers come under increasing pressure over water quality and other environmental issues, conservation and environmental organizations can be valuable partners. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Issues Sustainable Agriculture Conservation Environmental groups Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:27:00 +0000 102491 at <p>Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance executive director&nbsp; Sean McMahon (right) is finding common ground between Iowa corn, soybean and pork producers like American Soybean Association Conservation Legacy award winner David Ausberger, Jefferson, Iowa, (left) and conservation groups like the Nature Conservancy.</p> Photo: Chris Gannon Manage tile drainage water <div class="field-deck"> Underground water control can regulate water levels, direct water into the soil or filter nitrates. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Nitrate management in tile water is a big reason why this water control structure has slowly gained a foothold in the Corn Belt, but its potential for providing timely water to corn and soybeans may spell the future for this underground tile water management tool. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Crop Chemicals Drainage Sat, 26 Dec 2015 03:24:00 +0000 102401 at <p>The water gate operates via a float that regulates water flow to maintain a 12-inch-higher water level on the upper side, says Charlie Schafer, who holds a see-through demo.</p> <p>Water from an incoming tile line on the right can be routed through a bioreactor with the water control structure&rsquo;s outlet in the center, or bypass the bioreactor via the outlet on the left.</p>