Blog

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

Relay Cropping Helps Northeast Iowa Farmer Reach a Lofty Goal

Keeping a living root in the soil 365 days a year is a lofty goal. The solution for Fayette County farmer Loran Steinlage is relay cropping.

Historic Weather Puts Focus on Recovery

Iowa State University Extension Cropping Systems Specialist Mark Licht provides insights to help farmers move forward after a difficult growing season.

Continual Improvement Leads Farm’s Stewardship Efforts

On the flat, tile-drained landscape, Webster County farmer Kellie Blair incorporates cover crops, no-till, strip-till and data-driven nutrient management to minimize nutrient losses from subsurface drainage.

4R Plus Practices Reap Carbon Rewards

Washington County farmer Mitchell Hora says the stage is set to capture additional revenue from 4R Plus practices by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

Multiyear Commitments Pay Off in Multiple Ways

Mollie Aronowitz with Peoples Company recommends using leases as discussion starters between non-operating landowners and tenants to adopt 4R Plus practices.

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.