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

Iowa farmer Jason Russell

Eagerness to Learn Led to Changes in Nutrient Management

Linn County farmer Jason Russell’s eagerness to learn led to improvements in how he manages manure from his hog operation as a crop input.

On the Plus Side

Farmers See the Plus Side of Adding 4R Plus Practices

Farmers across Iowa see the Plus Side of weatherproofing farms, protecting their valuable soil, improving water quality and preserving productivity for future generations.

Dustin Brucker, field manager for the Soil Health Partnership

The Economics of Building Soil Health

A multitude of factors influence success in building healthy soil and economic gains. Dustin Brucker of the Soil Health Partnership shares findings from a collaborative project.

Ross Evelsizer shows multi-cropping leads to profit increase

Multi-cropping Leads to Increase in Profits and Sustainability

Ross Evelsizer, natural resources project director with Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development, conducted multi-cropping field trials to determine their impact on profits and farm sustainability.

Sheila Fisher Shares Soil Health Experiments

A Head for Numbers and a Passion for Soil Health

Southeast Iowa farmer Sheila Fisher took advantage of an opportunity to return to the farm and put improving soil quality and health into action through various experiments.

Jack Boyer farmers in Northeast Iowa

An Ongoing Effort to Improve Crop Productivity

Northeast Iowa farmer Jack Boyer has a long history of measuring the impact 4R Plus practices have on soil health and crop productivity. Photo courtesy of Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Asmus Featured Farmer

Ag Retail Key to Seeding 4R Plus Practices

Asmus Farm Supply encourages customers to adopt 4R Plus practices like zone fertility management, strip-till and cover crops, knowing soil health is key long term for farmers and farm suppliers.

Iowa farmer Kyle and his dog

4R Plus Practices Improve Central Iowa Farmer’s Profitability

Jasper County’s Kyle Schnell attributes no-till and cover crops with improving profitability and soil health on his farm.