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We work with ag retailers to improve management of our key soil, nutrient and crop-protection resources by keeping them on our cropland and out of our streams, rivers and lakes.

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Ag retailers are key players in addressing nutrient runoff by ensuring their customers’ dollars stay on the field for crop nutrition, rather than running off into nearby waterways.

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Latest News

Scientists urge action to increase soil carbon

November 18, 2019 1:04 pm

Soil is one of the most precious and finite natural resources, and maintaining healthy soil is mandatory to provide enough food for the planet in the face of a changing climate.

There is strong scientific consensus on the urgent need to rebuild agricultural soil carbon. Read more.

Cover Crops, a Farming Revolution With Deep Roots in the Past

November 18, 2019 12:53 pm

When Mark Anson came home with his hair on fire after a seminar on the seemingly soporific topic of soil health, his younger brother, Doug, was skeptical.

What had Mark lit up was cover crops: fields of noncash crops like hairy vetch and cereal rye that act on soil like a nourishing facial after the harvest. Read more.

Farmers work to protect water and soil quality in Kewaunee County

November 18, 2019 12:50 pm

A group of farmers in Kewaunee and southern Door County say it’s up to them to improve soil and water conditions in their communities.

In less than two years, close to 50 farmers have banded together to form Peninsula Pride Farms. Read more.

[Podcast] Cover Crops Can Heal the Soil

November 15, 2019 11:38 am

Soils plagued with compaction, aggregation and/or poor water infiltration don’t have to be that way forever. Pennsylvania cover crop expert Steve Groff explains how cover crops can help to improve the soil through a process including evaluation, soil testing and strategic planning for that soil. Listen here.

Using Cover Crops Leads to Significant Gains in Water Quality

November 15, 2019 11:34 am

The ability of cover crops to stimulate microbes deep in the soil of farm fields leads to significant gains in water quality but does not necessarily increase the capacity of soil to store carbon, according to a recently published study from Iowa State University scientists.

The study, published in the academic journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy, analyzed soil samples that had undergone a wide range of long-term treatments. Steven Hall, an assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology and corresponding author of the study, said the research delves deep below the surface to explore how cover crops and perennial prairie plants affect soil microbial activity. Read more.

Reducing agricultural risks with new technologies

November 14, 2019 3:51 pm

Though much of the conversation around precision agriculture is focused on drones, the reality is that the unmanned aerial vehicles are not being used on many farms. Other tools that involve risk prediction are more easily implemented and at a fraction of the cost. Read more.