Conservation http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6051/more en Farmer group improves watershed http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/farmer-group-improves-watershed <div class="field-deck"> Voluntary efforts prove that innovative programs can cut phosphorus loss. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Farmers in south-central Wisconsin’s Yahara River Watershed are cutting their phosphorus losses by thousands of pounds – before regulators step in with stringent new rules. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/farmer-group-improves-watershed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/farmer-group-improves-watershed#comments Conservation Fertilizer Phosphorus Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:42:00 +0000 96981 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>This vertical manure injection rig from VTI, Washington, Iowa, uses a large fluted coulter to cut through crop residue and open a narrow slot in the soil for manure placement. Closing wheels seal the slot, leaving residue in place. The tool, invented by Iowa no-tiller Phil Reed, incorporates manure with minimal soil disturbance, making it ideal for no-till and reduced tillage systems.</p> Photo: Yahara Pride Farms New field strips save nutrients http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/new-field-strips-save-nutrients <div class="field-deck"> Conservation prairie strips improve surface runoff water quality, but not tile drainage. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When it comes to conservation, small prairie strips make a big difference in surface runoff. And not just any strips: ones designed, contoured and placed according to scientific criteria developed over seven years by Iowa State University (ISU) researchers. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/new-field-strips-save-nutrients" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/new-field-strips-save-nutrients#comments Conservation Conservation Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:35:00 +0000 96781 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Diverse prairie grass species strategically located within row crops deliver conservation benefits far beyond the 10% to 20% of a field they occupy, according to seven years of research.</p> Photo: Sarah Hirsh Farmers are losing the public perception battle http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/farmers-are-losing-public-perception-battle <div class="field-byline"> By Bruce Peterson, president, Minnesota Corn Growers Association </div> <div class="field-deck"> Time for farmers to tell their conservation stories </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It's up to farmers themselves to take the lead and tell their own conservation story at the grassroots level. Right now, we're letting others tell our story for us. It’s time for farmers to regain control of the public perception battle by standing up and speaking out on their conservation efforts.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/farmers-are-losing-public-perception-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/farmers-are-losing-public-perception-battle#comments Conservation Issues Conservation Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:01:00 +0000 96511 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Photo: NRCS Iowans willing to pay for better water quality http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/iowans-willing-pay-better-water-quality <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More than half of Iowans surveyed agreed that agriculture has some negative impacts on the environment, and two-thirds indicated that they’d support a shift toward a targeted conservation approach to minimize these negative effects, while also benefiting agricultural landscapes.

 </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/iowans-willing-pay-better-water-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/iowans-willing-pay-better-water-quality#comments Conservation Conservation Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:07:00 +0000 96771 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, March 13, 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-agriculture-stories-read-march-13-2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The 5 ag stories to read this week brings you the latest on proposed regulations for drones. Learn about the value of lost organic matter due to erosion, and meet farmers who are using websites to get more business. Read about canceling land rent contracts, and a positive article from The New York Times featuring a no-till farmer.</p></div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-agriculture-stories-read-march-13-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-agriculture-stories-read-march-13-2015#comments Conservation Corn Issues Soybeans Tillage Management Organic Matter Sat, 14 Mar 2015 01:16:00 +0000 96411 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Conservation: Do your part http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/conservation-do-your-part <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Where are you in your journey to build a conservation legacy? What is keeping you from making progress? Will it require a change in mindset? Will it require landlord buy-in, since it provides long-term benefits for their investment? I truly believe improved soil health will be a game-changer. Go for it.</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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/conservation-do-your-part" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/conservation-do-your-part#comments Conservation Fertilizer Tillage Conservation Think Different Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:40:00 +0000 96231 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Rethink tolerable soil loss on your corn, soybean fields http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/rethink-tolerable-soil-loss-your-corn-soybean-fields <div class="field-deck"> Erosion may be hurting productivity more than you think. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>If you think your soil loss is tolerable because the revised universal soil loss equation (RUSLE) says so, you might want to think again. “We are learning that we must have perennial cover in places where water moves, even with no-till,” says Rick Cruse, agronomy professor, Iowa State University (ISU). </p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/rethink-tolerable-soil-loss-your-corn-soybean-fields" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/tillage/rethink-tolerable-soil-loss-your-corn-soybean-fields#comments Conservation Corn Soybeans Tillage cover crops Erosion Tillage Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:34:00 +0000 96221 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>A well-established waterway in this field does nothing to stem ephemeral gullies. Not counted in traditional soil loss equations, such rain-produced erosion can multiply field soil loss by an additional 30% of expected losses.</p> Photo: Iowa State University 2015 Conservation Legacy Awards: Adjacent to a major city, this Indiana farm protects water resources with a commitment to conservation http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/2015-conservation-legacy-awards-adjacent-major-city-indiana-farm-protects-water-resourc <div class="field-byline"> By Dean Houghton </div> <div class="field-deck"> Watershed watch </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With the spotlight trained on their farming practices, M&J Farms has taken a proactive approach to stewardship and sustainability. The Starkey family, which has a long-term commitment to no-till, added cover crops in 2005. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/2015-conservation-legacy-awards-adjacent-major-city-indiana-farm-protects-water-resourc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/2015-conservation-legacy-awards-adjacent-major-city-indiana-farm-protects-water-resourc#comments Conservation Soybeans Conservation Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:50:00 +0000 96201 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Mike Starkey (center) handles the daily management at M&amp;J Farms along with his nephew, Jeff Starkey (right), and employee AJ Adkins.</p> 2015 Conservation Legacy Awards: Long-term no-till and cover crops result in top corn and soybean yields on this Iowa farm http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/2015-conservation-legacy-awards-long-term-no-till-and-cover-crops-result-top-corn-and-s <div class="field-byline"> By Dean Houghton </div> <div class="field-deck"> Reward for resilience </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The journey toward sustainable high yields has been a long one at this farm, located near Wellman, Iowa. The family’s first no-till field was planted nearly 40 years ago, and the entire farm was 100% no-till by 1990. Cover crops (primarily cereal rye) have been used for more than 10 years.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/2015-conservation-legacy-awards-long-term-no-till-and-cover-crops-result-top-corn-and-s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/2015-conservation-legacy-awards-long-term-no-till-and-cover-crops-result-top-corn-and-s#comments Conservation Conservation Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:58:00 +0000 96191 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2015 Conservation Legacy Awards: Three generations keep conservation at the forefront on this diverse North Carolina farm http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/2015-conservation-legacy-awards-three-generations-keep-conservation-forefront-diverse-n <div class="field-byline"> By Dean Houghton </div> <div class="field-deck"> Family values </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For the Thomas family, conservation means constant improvement. “For our farm operation to be a great example of a family farm business and a good neighbor in our community, we have to really work to include both standard practices as well as innovative practices that conserve natural resources,” Jimmy Thomas says. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/2015-conservation-legacy-awards-three-generations-keep-conservation-forefront-diverse-n" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/2015-conservation-legacy-awards-three-generations-keep-conservation-forefront-diverse-n#comments Conservation Conservation Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:42:00 +0000 96181 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Three generations of the Thomas family, along with long-time employees, are involved in Thomas Family Farms. From left: Pete Thomas, Levon Thomas, David Thomas, Jimmy Thomas, Janine Thomas, Hunter Thomas, Timmy Thomas and employee Ronnie Garrett.</p>