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.

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.

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.