Posted on 11/21/2016 at 03:49 PM by Iowa Corn
We hope your harvest is wrapping up nicely. The warm fall weather has been great for extending the planting window for cover crops and encouraging tremendous fall growth. Soil Health Partnership field days continue into December and there are several other opportunities this winter to learn about cover crops and other water quality practices. See our complete list of upcoming events below.
Iowa Corn is providing nitrate test strips to county corn growers associations who are interested in helping growers learn about nitrate levels in their local waters and practices they can implement to reduce those levels. Counties participating will:
Host a late winter meeting in conjunction with their county Extension and Soil and Water Conservation District to distribute the test kits and learn how to use them
Have corn growers test their farms' tiles and streams throughout the spring and summer
Reconvene in the late summer to discuss their results and learn about conservation practices to reduce nitrate loss.
Iowa Corn grower Kevin Ross of Minden, IA, shares some of his on-farm conservation practices. As a sixth-generation farmer, Kevin takes the concept of land stewardship very seriously and recognizes the importance of preserving the land for future generations.