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Point Better Made for Cover Crops

I recently met with two customers to discuss cover crops while they were here in Clarion on a factory tour.  One asked me what I thought about using cover crops here in the Midwest- I proceeded to talk about how cash crops need to be managed differently, termination can sometimes be difficult, and the short fall growing season can limit some of the benefits we can see.  620 more words


Can under-trellis cover crops reduce excessive vine vigor and balance vines?

By: Annie Klodd

My answer is: Maybe, but we’re not sure why. This was the question that motivated me to study the effectiveness of under-vine perennial cover crops for my Master’s degree thesis. 1,004 more words


Cover crop research in the news

Cover crops are growing in popularity in Iowa and the Midwest as a tool to help reduce the amount of nitrate and phosphorus leaving the fields, while protecting and improving soil.  218 more words

Farming conservation techniques catching on in Iowa

Nick Fetty | December 5, 2014

A recent study by the international consulting firm Datu Research finds that Iowa farmers are beginning to better utilize cover crops, crop rotation, and no-till practices. 228 more words


Here’s the Dirt on Two Upcoming Soils Conferences.

What do we need to do to enhance our soil health to be resilient to climate change and optimize the yield potential of newly available genetics? 232 more words

Cover Crop Sampling with Practical Farmers of Iowa

On November 6th, Drake Larsen from Practical Farmers of Iowa and I ventured down to the McNay Research Farm near Chariton.  We were there to retrieve the last water samples of the season and collect biomass samples from our… 32 more words

The loss of a good conservationist

The ILF team was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of farmer partner Barry Kusel on Nov. 21.

Barry was part of the inaugural group of ILF farmer partners in 2005, and was an active partner, doing what he could any time that we asked for his help. 237 more words