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Use the blog search to learn how farmers are incorporating 4R Plus practices to improve soil health and water quality.

Conservation a Top Priority to Non-Operating Landowners

Non-operating landowners rate conservation as a top priority because it helps maintain a farm’s value, says Hertz Farm Management, Inc.

4R Plus Practices Help Farmer Reach Sustainability Goals

Mark Jackson, a corn and soybean farmer in Mahaska County, defines sustainability as having the economics of farming in balance with his community and the environment. Photo: Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association

Fine-Tuning Nutrient Management Improves Efficiencies

Fine-tuning his nutrient management protocol helped Stu Swanson, a Wright County corn, soybean and hog farmer, maximize the return on his input investment and maintain a high level of productivity.

Farmer Sees Far-Reaching Benefits of Improving His Soil

Black Hawk County, Iowa, farmer Nick Meier is interested in the on- and off-farm benefits of 4R Plus practices.

Western Iowa Farmer Utilizes Technology to Improve Soil Health

Western Iowa farmer Adam Gittins utilizes precision ag tools to farm more efficiently and collect data. This has led to soil health improvements.

4R Plus Practices Help Iowa Reach its Water Quality Goals

Shawn Richmond, environmental services director at the Agribusiness Association of Iowa, encourages farmers to consider the 4R Plus practices that address their unique situations.

Northeast Iowa Farmer Made No Yield Sacrifice Rethinking Tillage

Soil health test results revealed the topsoil on his farm was being depleted, which put Tim Recker of Fayette County, Iowa, on a mission to add 4R Plus practices.

Soil Testing at the Foundation of Nutrient Stewardship

Precision Ag Specialist Emily Doyle arms farmers with information so they can make decisions to protect yields and the environment.