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October garden to-do list

This post is for both active gardeners and those of you that want to start a garden or grow something. As much as we are starting to wrap up the 2016 gardening season, there is still plenty to be harvested, seeded, and prepped for the current season and next season (Spring 2017). 632 more words

Cover crops key to N retention + soil health, especially before soybeans

How can we increase nitrogen retention and soil health in Iowa’s corn and soybean cropping systems? There is not just one single quick fix, but Dr. 207 more words


It feels almost depressing closing the gardens for the summer. We have made a little experiment to how we can get better soil. Last year we sowed cover crop to manage soil and nutrition eruption, although I do not think it worked, because despite our flourishing gardens, the soil felt extremely hard and impenetrable. 92 more words


Gov. Branstad tours farms across Iowa to learn how to improve water quality

Gov. Terry Brandstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds visited a dairy farm in Anamosa Wednesday, Aug. 3, to talk about practices to improve water quality in Iowa. 389 more words

Iowa Politics

Next Year starts NOW!

I’m sure many of you are reading this in the combine. And that’s okay! What you do this fall “sets the table” for success in 2017, and we can help you set the table with both… 108 more words

Organic Farming

Cover Crop Webinar to Focus on Soil Health and Nitrate Retention

As fall cover crops go into the ground, many farmers have questions about how to best manage cover crops and achieve benefits such as soil health and nitrate retention. 157 more words

Conservation practices in the Black Hawk Lake watershed improve water quality

Note: Today’s guest blog was written by Michelle Soupir, Leigh Ann Long, Katherine van der Woude.  They are conducting a monitoring and research project in Black Hawk Lake watershed in Sac County.  438 more words