Eastern Iowa Airport Commits to Soil Health, Water Quality On Their Cropland
A simple, yet effective soil health demonstration called a Slake Test, or Soil Stability Test, presented by USDA helped convince Eastern Iowa Airport officials to step up measures to reduce erosion, improve soil health and protect water quality on the airport’s 2,000 cropland acres.
Homestead 1839 Providing Farm Therapy in Southeast Iowa
The West Burlington non-profit urban farm Homestead 1839 is finding success adopting sustainable agricultural practices and using horticulture therapy to help community members on the path to recovery. Led by co-directors Mollie and Tobin Krell, the organization grows specialty organic produce and flowers and raises chickens to promote education and love of the land.
Widowed Landowner Succeeds with Conservation in Lease Agreements
For nearly 50 years Virginia Reynolds and her late husband Larry worked together to manage their farms to conserve soil and protect water quality. After Larry passed away in 2013, she worked with an attorney to write soil and water conservation practice requirements into the leases for her Clarke County cropland.
Munch Family Wetland Easement Trend Setters in Kossuth County
The Munch Family were the first landowners in their small area of Kossuth County to seed down permanent habitat and restore wetlands. Neighbors questioned them at the time, but many changed their tune after seeing the restoration complete.
Charles Poeltler enrolled 271 acres of flood-prone Muscatine County cropland into the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) in 1998, and a few years later enrolled another 162 acres to help protect the ground long-term.
Early Maturity Soybeans Improve Fall Cover Crop Growth
Allamakee County's 2016 Cover Crop Grower of the Year Scott Ness has used cover crops to reduce erosion and improve soil health on his cropland for seven years. He is now making adjustments to his crop management system to produce better cover crop growth in the fall.
Ross Weymiller and his family are working with soil and water conservation leaders in Allamakee County to find the best methods for growing cover crops and utilizing manure fertilizer on crop fields, while minimally disturbing the soil with no-till.