On the Radio: Cover Crops Work


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers the success of cover crop practices in conservation farming. Listen to the audio below or continue reading for the transcript.

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USDA Conservation Grant to Improve Iowa’s Soil Health

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided grants to Iowa several groups with a target of improving the health of the state’s soil.

“Even though many of the projects focus on soil health, they do it in very different ways, from researching innovative ways to create healthier soil to conservation lease agreements to finding cover crop seed solutions,” said Jay Mar, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist. Continue reading

Practical Farmers of Iowa Gather for Field Day

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In conjunction with the Scattergood Friends School, the Ames based Practical Farmers of Iowa  group hosted an education field day last week. Tomoko Ogawa, of Ames, a staff member with Practical Farmers of Iowa, said the goal of the nonprofit is to facilitate research among farmers.

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Northey: Funds Available for Water Quality Practices

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced  that cost share funds are available to help farmers install nutrient reduction practices.  The initial practices that are prioritized for funding this fall are cover crops, no-till or strip till, or using a nitrification inhibitor when applying fertilizer. Continue reading