Conservation http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6051/more en 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 Cover crop challenges: A realistic approach can improve results http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/cover-crop-challenges-realistic-approach-can-improve-results <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Conservation is a priority for John Traub, who farms in the Indian Creek Watershed in east central Illinois. He's not afraid to try new strategies, including planting cover crops. But so far, they have not provided the benefits he knows other farmers have seen from the practice. "We struggled with tillage radishes and turnips as cover crops. It was difficult to get them established early enough. Even flying seed in did not work," says the Fairbury, Ill., corn and soybean farmer. "You need early growth. Our season is just too short."</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/cover-crop-challenges-realistic-approach-can-improve-results" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/cover-crop-challenges-realistic-approach-can-improve-results#comments Conservation Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:34:00 +0000 99261 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>John Traub (right), who farms in the Indian Creek Watershed in east central Illinois, discusses his conservation experiences with others to educate farmers about what works in local settings.</p> Photo: CTIC Oxbows cut nitrates in farm drainage water http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/oxbows-cut-nitrates-farm-drainage-water <div class="field-deck"> Dredged stream segments cut nitrates by 50% and provide critical fish and wildlife habitat and flood control. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Old stream channels are helping to clean up farm drainage water in north central Iowa. Restored oxbows in the Boone River Watershed reduced nitrate concentrations in tile water by about 50%, according to water monitoring data gathered by the Iowa Soybean Association. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/oxbows-cut-nitrates-farm-drainage-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/oxbows-cut-nitrates-farm-drainage-water#comments Conservation Conservation Drainage Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:51:00 +0000 99241 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Gaylord Jones, Woolstock, Iowa, and his grandson Rory Sterling worked with the Iowa Soybean Association, the Sand County Foundation and other conservation organizations to restore a silted-in oxbow on White Fox Creek in north central Iowa. The oxbow provides critical fish and wildlife habitat and flood control and helps clean up drainage water. Tile water from two nearby outlets flows into the restored oxbow, which acts like a wetland to remove nitrates and phosphorus.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Photo: : Rory Sterling Tell your conservation story http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/tell-your-conservation-story <div class="field-byline"> Source: American Soybean Association </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Have you moved beyond basic conservation tillage toward more sustainable practices like strip-till or no-till? Do you grow cover crops? Have you taken steps to reduce soil loss or improve water quality? Share your accomplishments, and you may win a Conservation Legacy Award.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/tell-your-conservation-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/tell-your-conservation-story#comments Conservation Conservation Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:52:00 +0000 99121 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com