Soil and Water Management Workshop February 20th, 2018

Attend the University of Illinois Extension sponsored workshop on soil and water management from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m on February 20th in Carlinville, Illinois. Duane Friend, University of Illinois Extension educator states, “Those attending will hear about the latest University of Illinois research on soil erosion and how extreme weather affects nutrient transport. Other presenters from Purdue, Georgia and Missouri will discuss cover crop selection, soil microbes, and soil health tests.” Learn more and register for the event here.

Top Ten Precision Ag Mobile Apps

Read all about the top ten mobile apps for precision agriculture, including scout apps, drone control, data exporting tools, apps to increase speed of data collection, water stress and nutrient efficiency apps! Your company will definitely benefit from at least one, if not several more, of these great applications. Read the full article here.

The International Joint Commission Finds Great Lakes Water Quality Subpar

The International Joint Commission released the first triennial assessment of progress on water quality in the Great Lakes on November 28th, 2017. The Commission is calling for Ohio to declare Western Lake Erie impaired. In the report, the Commission found that the governments (both Canada and the U.S.) are falling short of meeting human health objectives, “[Particularly] objectives for drinking water and recreational water uses.” The report also noted objectives that address toxic pollutants that are harmful to humans, wildlife and aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes Basin are not being met. Read the news article, or click here for the full report.

Iowa Cover Crop/Crop Insurance Premium Incentive

Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced a new program aimed at increasing acres of cover crops in the state. Iowa farmers who plant cover crops this fall (2017) may be eligible for a $5 per acre premium reduction on their crop insurance in 2018. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) worked with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA), who oversees the federal crop insurance program, to establish a 3 year demonstration project aimed at expanding the usage of cover crops in Iowa. Read the full press release here.