Posted on 02/21/2018 at 05:00 AM by Iowa Corn
A coalition of ag and conservation stakeholders, including Iowa Corn, has launched the 4R Plus campaign to raise awareness about practices to improve productivity, soil health and water quality. The “4R” stands for the four R’s of nutrient stewardship – right rate, right place, right source and right time – while the “Plus” includes in-field and edge-of-field conservation practices, such as cover crops and reduced tillage. The combined use of these practices can increase production and efficiency while improving soil and water quality. Click here for the press release or go to 4RPlus.org.
The EPA wants to hear from you regarding the use and benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments (Poncho, Cruiser, Gaucho). The comment period is open until April 21 for you to provide input on the EPA’s risk assessment for these insecticides. Get the lowdown on the latest EPA neonic documents and learn “How to Make Your Public Comment Count.”
Be sure to check your manure and/or pesticide applicator certification to make sure it is up to date, and attend a continuing education course if needed. New this year is additional training required for restricted use of dicamba pesticides. There are new restrictions for the low-volatility formulations for use over dicamba-tolerant soybeans. Go to DicambaTrainingIowa.org to find a training session near you.
Learn more about 4R Plus, which is being guided by a coalition of agricultural and conservation organizations to support farmers’ efforts to implement precise nutrient management and conservation practices.