Conservation http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6051/more en 5 Agriculture stories to read, Aug. 21, 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-21-2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, watch a webinar covering the benefits, and the possibilities, of cover crops and get information about treating post-pollination corn aphids. See the latest USDA report about computer and internet usage on the farm and learn how to track payback on variable rate application. Finally, learn about a WWE wrestler who also farms. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-21-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/5-agriculture-stories-read-aug-21-2015#comments Conservation Corn Precision Ag corn production cover crops Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:40:00 +0000 100211 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Stop farming unprofitable acres http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/stop-farming-unprofitable-acres <div class="field-deck"> Iowa farmer Wayne Fredericks uses technology to retire unprofitable field areas. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Five fields on Wayne Fredericks’ farm took on a new look this year after he decided to retire small parcels in each of them to boost profitability and improve the environment. Although the retired areas are small – the largest is 3.2 acres and the smallest just under 3/4 of an acre – Fredericks says it makes sense to quit growing crops in these areas that lose money every year.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/stop-farming-unprofitable-acres" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/stop-farming-unprofitable-acres#comments Conservation Corn Soybeans Sustainable Agriculture soybean production Corn Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:56:00 +0000 100191 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Iowa farmer Wayne Fredericks retired portions of five fields, ranging in size from a 3.2-acre piece surrounding a sinkhole, to smaller 0.7 to 1.2-acre areas along building sites, windbreaks and a waterway. &ldquo;In all but one case, yield was at least 20% below the farm average, and all consistently lost me money,&rdquo; he says.</p> Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association Get proactive on water quality http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/get-proactive-water-quality <div class="field-deck"> Iowa farmers, ag organizations and cities learn to partner and find solutions. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Iowa farmer Blake Hollis prefers to be part of the water quality solution. While the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit on farm-sourced nitrogen in watersheds that lead to the Raccoon River have drawn controversy, efforts to the east where Hollis farms are drawing praise...and money. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/get-proactive-water-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/get-proactive-water-quality#comments Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:18:00 +0000 99941 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Achieving water quality as a common goal best achieved through partnering, suggests Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, executive director Sean McMahon. The Alliance, a partnership of Iowa corn and soybean growers and pork producers is in turn partnering with municpalities, companies and non-governmental agencies protect and improve Iowa waters.</p> Iowa Soybean Association Research shows benefits of strip-till http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/research-shows-benefits-strip-till <div class="field-byline"> Source: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America </div> <div class="field-deck"> Researchers find improved soil properties compared to no-till method </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>“We saw a consistent benefit of strip-till over no-till for these soils we were working with,” says Fabián Fernández, University of Minnesota. For those soils where strip-till would be appropriate, it can be a powerful method that benefits the soil by both working to help conserve soil and improving soil physical properties.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/research-shows-benefits-strip-till" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/research-shows-benefits-strip-till#comments Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Tillage soil health Strip Till Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:02:00 +0000 99771 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Bayer CropScience and Ernst Conservation Seeds Partner to Create Pollinator Habitat

 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/bayer-cropscience-and-ernst-conservation-seeds-partner-create-pollinator-habitat <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (July 9, 2015) &ndash; As part of its ongoing commitment to honey bee health, Bayer CropScience has partnered with Ernst Conservation Seeds to provide bulk seed to individuals and organizations that have pledged to become Feed a Bee partners and dedicate land to the establishment of pollinator habitat.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/bayer-cropscience-and-ernst-conservation-seeds-partner-create-pollinator-habitat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000 99521 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Joins Field to Market http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/national-council-farmer-cooperatives-joins-field-market <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>WASHINGTON, DC, JULY 14, 2015 &mdash; The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives announced today that it has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a multi-stakeholder initiative working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/national-council-farmer-cooperatives-joins-field-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000 99571 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Going all-in on cover crops http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/going-all-cover-crops <div class="field-deck"> Robert Harvey went from zero to 1,100 acres of cover crops on his corn and soybeans </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Some farmers want to try a new idea on a few acres to evaluate it before using it in a big way. Not Robert Harvey––at least when the idea is cover crops. The Guthrie County, Iowa, farmer went all-in on cover crops two years ago, seeding cereal rye on all 1,100 acres he farms with his father, Gerald.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/going-all-cover-crops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/going-all-cover-crops#comments Conservation Sustainable Agriculture cover crops Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:58:00 +0000 99401 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Robert Harvey (left) and Jason Hart of the local NRCS office found plenty of worms in his cereal rye cover crop field in mid-April. Harvey&rsquo;s primary goals are to save soil and build organic matter.</p> Photo: Lynn Betts Don’t Waste Your Plant Stubble: Treasure It! http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/don-t-waste-your-plant-stubble-treasure-it <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p><strong>Justin, TX (June 2015) &ndash;</strong> The best way manage post-harvest plant debris is an ongoing dilemma. None of the historical approaches (controlled burns, bailing, and tillage) allow the nutrients of the fodder to be returned to the soil for future use. Controlled burns wreak environmental havoc on air quality. Smoke from burning straw contributes to increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere which may affect greenhouse gas buildup.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/don-t-waste-your-plant-stubble-treasure-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000 99321 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com UW Discovery Farms to track sediment and nutrient loss on grain farms http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/uw-discovery-farms-track-sediment-and-nutrient-loss-grain-farms <div class="node-body press_release-body"><p>PIGEON FALLS, WI; June 30<sup>th</sup>, 2015 - After 12 years of monitoring water quality on farms with manure applied to forage crops, the UW Discovery Farms&reg; Program is adding a grain based farm. The Roger Rebout and Sons Farm, a 3,000 acre cash grain operation, is the first of several new core farms in Rock County, Wisconsin.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/uw-discovery-farms-track-sediment-and-nutrient-loss-grain-farms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:00:00 +0000 99351 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Now is the time to be sustainable http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/now-time-be-sustainable <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>These days, more than ever, farmers are being held accountable, and even scrutinized, for their sustainable and conservation efforts. Strip-till, cover crops, water quality, drainage management, soil health and more are at the forefront of the forward-thinking farmers across the U.S. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/lets-get-digital">Let&#039;s Get Digital</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/now-time-be-sustainable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/now-time-be-sustainable#comments Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Let&#039;s Get Digital Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:43:00 +0000 99301 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com