Heckman Family

4R Plus Practices Make ‘Dollars and Sense’ to Southeastern Iowa Family

The Heckman family in Muscatine County pushes the pencil to see what practices garner a return on their investment, and puts them through a litmus test to determine if the practices are sustainable.

Iowa farm sunrise

Central Iowa Family Encourages Farmers to Add 4R Plus Practices

While Julie Kenney uses her role as Iowa Deputy of Secretary of Agriculture to encourage farmers to use 4R Plus practices, her husband Mark implements the practices on their farm.

Iowa Farmers on Field

Learn About 4R Plus Practices at the Iowa Power Farming Show

4R Plus and Iowa Corn are co-hosting farmer panels at the Iowa Power Farming Show to inform farmers about the practices that improve soil health and water quality.

Sunset on Iowa farm with calves

Integrating Crop and Livestock Systems with Cover Crops

The gentle rolling hills of Dubuque County are where Tim Daly focuses on finding solutions to integrate his crop and livestock systems, improve the soil and achieve top-end yields.

Doug Adams

Soil Structure Put to the Test During a Challenging Harvest

Saturated fields have slowed this year’s harvest in Iowa. Soil conservation experts urge farmers to take a close look at tillage practices, which can make a difference in a year like this one.

Lost top soil on Iowa farm

Is Your Soil Prepared for the Future?

Rick Cruse, Ph.D., agronomy professor at Iowa State University and director of the Iowa Water Center, wants farmers to think about what the soil on their farms will look like in 20, 50 or even 100 years.

Wayne Fredericks

What You Need to Know About Implementing a Cover Crops Strategy

Wayne Fredericks believes cover crops can make a dramatic difference in keeping nutrients and soil on farms and out of the waterways. Learn more…

4R Plus is Nutrient Stewardship and Conservation Practices for Improved Yield, Soil Health, and Water Quality

4R Plus Message Gaining Momentum

4R Plus is a science-based framework to increase awareness and provide information on 4R nutrient stewardship and conservation practices in order to improve soil health, crop yields and water quality. Learn more…