Posted on 01/22/2019 at 09:27 AM by Iowa Corn
Winter has fully arrived bringing snow, cold, and winter meetings. If you’re in Des Moines next week for the Iowa Power Farming Show, be sure to stop by Room 311 at 11:15 am for Iowa Corn’s conservation seminars on Tuesday and Wednesday. Click here for the complete list of seminars at the show.
Last week, over 350 farmers, agronomists, partners, and I attended the fifth annual Soil Health Summit in St. Louis. The diversity of farmers and partners joining the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) continues to grow, and the summit’s topics ranged from working with landlords, drones, new soil health tests, and efforts by companies like McDonald’s and Cargill to demonstrate sustainability through soil health. Early in-field research by SHP farms shows no statistically significant yield drag from using cover crops, and organic matter is increasing. SHP is working to expand its economic analyses on existing farms and piloting an Associate Program to allow more farmers to join the SHP network and strengthen the breadth and depth of its data collection. Click here if you’re interested in learning more about SHP or the Associate Program.
Finally, congratulations to John and Joan Maxwell, ICGA members who farm near Donahue, for winning the Exceptional Educators award for their efforts to tell their farm’s story to anyone and everyone!
SHP Executive Director Shefali Mehta (left) and Iowa Field Manager Lisa Kubik (right) present an award to John Maxwell (center) at the Soil Health Summit.
Adam Bierbaum of Griswold discusses the variety of conservation practices used on his farm to protect soil and water quality for future generations.