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.

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.

Iowa Farmer Licht

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.

Iowa Farmer Kellie Blair

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.

Iowa Farmer Hora

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.