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.
Farmer Adds Cover Crops to Suite of Conservation Practices
Fifth-generation Madison County farmer James Baur is following his family’s conservation traditions to help improve water quality in Badger Creek Lake, which was listed on the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 303(d) list of impaired waters in 1998 due to excessive siltation and nutrient loading.
Even though Frederick Martens’ grandfather started farming his Madison County ground more than a century ago, Martens continues to implement the latest in conservation technology to sustain the family farm for at least 100 more years.
Earthworms Replace Tillage Tools for Oskaloosa Farmer
Southern Iowa farmer Gene DeBruin is replacing costly tillage with the free tillage service provided by earthworms and cover crop roots. The Oskaloosa corn and soybean grower no longer tills his 330 acres of cropland, but instead relies on earthworms for tillage. He also plants cover crops for even more erosion control and superb soil structure.