Conservation http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/6051/more en Control water levels and nitrogen with tile systems http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/control-water-levels-and-nitrogen-tile-systems <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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/control-water-levels-and-nitrogen-tile-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/control-water-levels-and-nitrogen-tile-systems#comments Conservation Corn Fertilizer Soybeans Drainage Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:35:00 +0000 98771 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Adjustable riser boards or stop logs of a water control structure back water into tile lines to raise the water table and saturate the soil upstream. When the stop logs are removed, water flows out.</p> Illustration: NRCS How green is your farm? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/how-green-your-farm <div class="field-deck"> Voluntary assessment tools help farmers protect environment, promote stewardship </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Farm improvements grew out of a voluntary environmental self-assessment, which helped Nathan Collins and his brother Sean judge the effects of their farming practices on water and soil quality. The self-assessment, called Green Star Farms Initiative, is a free, Web-based tool that asks farmers to rate their stewardship practices for crops, livestock and farmstead management. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/how-green-your-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/sustainable-agriculture/how-green-your-farm#comments Conservation Corn Soybeans Sustainable Agriculture Conservation Sustainable Agriculture Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:23:00 +0000 98641 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Sean (left) and Nathan Collins are upgrading their fuel and fertilizer containment systems on their Minnesota farm. The improvements, prompted by a voluntary environmental assessment, are some of their efforts to lower their farm&rsquo;s environmental risk.</p> Photo: Liz Morrison 5 Agriculture stories to read, June 12, 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-june-12-2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>In the 5 ag stories to read this week, read about what's causing striping on corn leaves and get some tips for applying soil residual herbicides to emerged corn. Share your cover crop challenges and get our best crop scouting tips and ideas. Finally, enjoy some fun dairy facts for National Dairy Month.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-june-12-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-june-12-2015#comments Conservation Corn Crop Chemicals corn production cover crops Herbicides Sat, 13 Jun 2015 01:18:00 +0000 98571 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Ag organizations react to EPA finalizing Clean Water Rule http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/ag-organizations-react-epa-finalizing-clean-water-rule <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On Wednesday, the EPA finalized the Clean Water Rule, ensuring "waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/ag-organizations-react-epa-finalizing-clean-water-rule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/ag-organizations-react-epa-finalizing-clean-water-rule#comments Conservation Drainage Sustainable Agriculture Thu, 28 May 2015 17:19:00 +0000 98001 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 5 Agriculture stories to read, May 22, 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-may-22-2015 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The 5 ag stories to read this week reminds growers to scout for cutworms and slugs, and shows that healthier soil will capture and hold more water. Read about the most recent farm labor rates and wages and learn how weed stress will impact corn genetics as the growing season progresses. Finally, enjoy a meeting of the farm field and baseball field.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-may-22-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/corn/5-agriculture-stories-read-may-22-2015#comments Conservation Corn Cutworms Sat, 23 May 2015 00:10:00 +0000 97851 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farmers try controlled drainage to keep water, nutrients in place http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/farmers-try-controlled-drainage-keep-water-nutrients-place <div class="field-deck"> Imagine a controlled water system that could take away 67% of your yield risk. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>"I can't make it rain, but I can do my best to capture and keep what I have to use it for my crops," says Arliss Nielsen, a Wright County, Iowa, no-tiller. This year he took the unusual step of venturing into controlled drainage.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/farmers-try-controlled-drainage-keep-water-nutrients-place" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/farmers-try-controlled-drainage-keep-water-nutrients-place#comments Conservation Drainage Mon, 18 May 2015 20:51:00 +0000 97701 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com <p>Arliss Nielsen (center), with Karen Wilke of The Nature Conservancy, stands by one of his newly installed water control structures at the edge of his field. Bruce Voigts (left), Boone River Project Coordinator with the Wright County, Iowa, Soil and Water Conservation District, holds a water gate. Wilke and Voigts are helping farmers in the Boone River watershed reduce nitrogen losses.</p> Attend the CTIC Conservation in Action Tour http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/attend-ctic-conservation-action-tour <div class="field-byline"> Source: CTIC </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The eighth annual Conservation in Action Tour, organized by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), will explore innovative conservation farming practices and productive partnerships in southeastern Minnesota on August 11 and 12, 2015.
</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/attend-ctic-conservation-action-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/conservation/attend-ctic-conservation-action-tour#comments Conservation Conservation Management Thu, 14 May 2015 18:20:00 +0000 97641 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Photo: NRCS Your 40 chances http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/your-40-chances <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We will continue to strive, as an information provider, to present you with good examples that help you make the most of your 40 chances. As Howard wrote in his book, “You’ve learned from your mistakes, but I’d guess that none of you feel you can afford to take a single year left on your string for granted.” We wholeheartedly agree.</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/your-40-chances" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/your-40-chances#comments Conservation Corn Issues Soybeans Management Think Different Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:47:00 +0000 97201 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2015 Earth Day from an agriculture perspective http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2015-earth-day-agriculture-perspective <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>April 22 is Earth Day in 2015. In recent years, it has become quite common to point the finger of blame at agriculture production and farmers for many of the environmental issues we are facing in the United States. However, in reality, farmers have been some of the best environmental stewards in the U.S. in the past few decades. </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="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2015-earth-day-agriculture-perspective" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2015-earth-day-agriculture-perspective#comments Conservation Conservation Focus on Ag Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:51:00 +0000 97051 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 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