Adair County farmer Dennis Lundy began no-tilling alfalfa hay for the first time five years ago to prevent soil erosion on his rolling, highly erosive Shelby soils. Now, he is not only reducing soil erosion but also improving his soil health and achieving better alfalfa stands.
More than 161,000 wetland acres have been restored or are in the process of being restored under wetland easement programs in Iowa in the past 20 years.
There is no longer a “normal” growing season for Iowa farmers. Drought in 2012 was followed by a cool, wet spring this year. Farmers who apply soil health practices like cover crops are the least affected by weather extremes.
As temperatures go UP and the weather begins to feel more like Spring, it is the perfect time for farmers to focus attention DOWN by investigating their soil. If farmers dig a little, they can learn a lot– by smelling, feeling, and looking at their farm’s soils.
Learn how diverse cover crop mixes can boost your soil health at any of our three free one-day seminars June 4th, 5th or 6th.
Date: Jun 4, 2013
Date: Jun 5, 2013
Date: Jun 6, 2013
Soil Health Lesson In A Minute: Soil Stability Test
Iowa Conservation Showcase
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