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.
Iowa’s 2017 Ag Education Teacher of the Year is practicing what he teaches while farming his 122 cropland acres in Story County, near Nevada. Kevin Cooper has no-tilled his corn and soybeans for about a decade and this year added cover crops by seeding 30 acres of oats into soybeans in August.
Keota farmer Levi Lyle never thought he would be a go-to person for eastern Iowa farmers to rent a roller crimper. But with his interest in eliminating the use of herbicides on portions of his family’s cropland, he now has two crimpers that he uses and rents to farmers from Waterloo to Bloomfield.
Record Yields from the Bottom Up Using No-till, Cover Crops
A southeast Iowa farm family harvested record average yields in 2016 after managing cropland soils with no-till and cover crops. They attribute the yield bump to a bottoms up approach, by improving returns on typically poor-performing fields.