Nutrients in farming: What are they and why do we need them?

By Dan Looker, IAWA Writer Iowans have heard a lot about nitrogen fertilizer in recent years. Nitrogen and phosphorus are the two key nutrients that the state is working to manage better through the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. In May, the Strategy will be a decade old. As that anniversary nears, it’s worth taking a[…]

Find Cover Crop Services Quickly in New App and Website

By Kurt Lawton The goal is to connect Iowa farmers and service providers to boost cover crop success while improving soil health and water quality. Neighbors helping neighbors succeed with cover crops is the motto driving Stanley, Iowa, farmer Dan Bahe as he built Bahe Cover Crops into a local side business. “Once we learned[…]

Cover Crop Financial Incentives Expand for Fall Seeding

By Kurt Lawton PFI seeks more farmers to receive $10 to $40 per acre incentive to plant cover crops through one of eight programs across eight states. Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) offers a variety of private cover crop cost share programs that are still available if you sign up soon! Farmers can receive from[…]

Farmer Lessons Shared At Virtual Cover Crop Boot Camp

By Kurt Lawton Among the many key cover crop takeaway lessons, an overall theme was clear: “The most important rule: Plan your cover crop the same way you plan a cash crop—whether your goal is soil health and water infiltration, weed control, or livestock grazing.” Cover Crop Boot Camp 2.0 was a ‘virtual’ success thanks[…]

Company And Farmer Innovation Drive Cover Crop Interseeding Experience

By Kurt Lawton Farmer ingenuity, sometimes in tandem with equipment company innovators, has long succeeded in expanding a practice or making a widget work better. It’s especially intriguing if an idea brings an old piece of seldom-used machinery back to life. Remember that rotary hoe, parked in the tall grass somewhere behind a shed? Mark[…]

Fertilizer Innovation Uses Organic Waste to Feed Crops and Improve Soil, Water, and Air

By Kurt Lawton Photo credit: Joe Murphy, Iowa Soybean Association Creating precision fertilizer granules from animal manure, agricultural crop wastes like peanut and rice hulls, and even wastewater treatment organics, is a first-of-its-kind innovation ready to feed crops sustainably. The Florida-based ag-tech company, Anuvia Plant Nutrients, created a unique fertilizer product called SymTRX, produced in[…]

Cropping Innovation and Soil Regeneration Draws Farmer Attention at Hora Field Day

By Kurt Lawton Despite Covid-19 and hot weather, an impressive turnout — more than 150 farmers and other soil-loving attendees — gathered at the Hora family farm in southeast Iowa to experience hands-on soil health demos, cover crop experiments, and creative cropping systems. Continuum Ag founder and soil health consultant Mitchell Hora (shown above in[…]

Building a Business Case for Cover Crops

By Elizabeth Ripley, Iowa Learning Farms Iowa Learning Farms (ILF), a conservation-focused education and outreach program for Iowa farmers and landowners based at Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, is collaborating with Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) to provide an online Cover Crop Boot Camp in July. Billed as an event where ag retailers[…]

Digging Deep On Cover Crops And Soil Health: Opportunities and Answers for Ag Retailers

By Jim Jordahl A one-day, deep dive into cover crops for more than thirty ag retail managers and their agronomists was held at the Iowa Soybean Association in March. This in-depth workshop was designed to help ag retail agronomists field questions on cover crops and soil health from their farmer-customers. The workshop featured top national[…]

Small Business Opportunities Grow As Cover Crop Acres Expand

By Kurt Lawton Ask Iowa cattleman and farmer Bill Couser about how his conservation journey began. He humbly and proudly mentions the values instilled in him by his conservationist father, Dick Couser. “He got us going down the right path — wanting to do conservation right, or not at all,” he says. “Then, there was[…]