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AMES — A new publication, “Nitrogen Use in Iowa Corn Production” released by Iowa State University Extension provides an overview of nitrogen use in regard to the soil system and corn fertilization. Included is use of economical optimum nitrogen rates and

By Staff | Jul 29, 2015

ALGONA – Providing food, fuel and fiber for a growing population without harming resources for future generations is one of agriculture’s greatest challenges.

But the nation’s farmers are a resourceful lot, with many embracing innovative technology and practices to achieve ambitious strides.

The Soil Health Partnership hopes will discuss this farming evolution with producers throughout the Midwest, and will host a soil health field day near Algona, Iowa from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday with area growers Bruce and Wade Kent.

The event takes place at the field demonstration site, one mile east of 140th on U.S. Highway 18 in Algona. Lunch will be provided.

The field day will demonstrate how changing certain practices can create lasting environmental benefits, while possibly increasing farm productivity and even income.

Featured topics will include:

  • Cover Crops 101: What farmers need to know.
  • Benefits of soil health to your farm.
  • A hands-on look at strip-till and no- till systems.
  • An update on Iowa water quality news.

An initiation of the National Corn Growers Association, the Soil Health Partnership works closely with diverse organizations including commodity groups, industry, foundations, federal agencies, universities and well-known environmental groups toward common goals.

“We encourage sound soil practices combined with scientific quantification of results from farmers taking positive actions,” said Nick Goeser, SHP director. “Improved crop productivity, environmental gains and economic growth are all benefits of progressive soil management strategies.”

Attendees should preregister for the event by emailing Iowa Corn District Field Manager Jessi Hermsen at jhermsen@iowacorn.com.

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