Iowa State University Extension Hosts Soil Health Conference

NOVEMBER 26, 2018 1:19 PM

This year’s conference features a wide range of speakers that include farmers with rich experience in implementing management practices and innovative approaches for building a resilient system, and well known scientists and agronomists of national recognition in the area of soil health. The conference agenda will include presentations and group discussions that will address the economics, systems approach, and real life experience for improving soil health and management challenges. Research-based and practical information will be presented during the two days conference with innovative topics of close engagement between speakers and attendees.

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Datu Research Releases Ag Retailer Cover Crop Case Studies

NOVEMBER 21, 2018 11:47 PM

Datu Research has recently published ag retailer case studies on integrating cover crops into an operation’s business model. Find out what other ag retailers have experienced with introducing cover crops, lessons learned and keys to success! Datu has also partnered with the National Association of Conservation Districts to develop economic case studies focused on corn and soybean producers in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Three case studies focus on the economics of cover crops adoption and one is focused on no-till. Find out more on our case studies page.

Ohio State University Launches Study on Phosphorus Loss

NOVEMBER 13, 2018 12:15 PM

Jay Martin, ecological engineering professor at Ohio State University, is leading a study focused on fields at high risk of phosphorus losses in the Maumee River Watershed. Martin and his team will partner with consultants to work with farmers to test fields and implement BMPs. The consultant and farmer will be compensated for time and for implementing and maintaining practices. Names and locations of farmer participants will be kept confidential. For more information, read the full article here!

Managing Inputs Based on Water Availability

NOVEMBER 5, 2018 2:12 PM

Variable-input technology (VIT) applies the most efficient amounts of inputs like fertilizer, seed, pesticides and water, to minimize cost and maximize yield. VIT takes into account the amount of water supply in each management zone so you can select the most appropriate hybrid. Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie states, “Assuming there are no other limiting factors, such as diseases or a nematode infestation, yield variations within a field usually are directly related to a soil’s ability to handle water.” Learn more about how to identify water issues from yield maps, the amount of water stored in your soils and how to match yield goals to water supply by reading the full article here!