In 2016, Taylor County SWCD began a 3-year Water Quality Initiative project unlike any other in the state. Following the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Taylor County is focusing on their landscape and how growers can fully utilize the land they farm. The rolling hills, multiple soil types within a single field, gullies, and thin soils on side hills have all been known to lower yields and crop production for the main commodity crops, corn and soybeans in the county. Not all farm ground is created equal and should not be farmed the same. Knowing this, the SWCD Commissioners have decided to take matters in their own hands and deliver alternatives to their growers. Partnering with EFC Systems and their web-based Profit Zone Manager (PZM) tool, producers can virtually see where working capital can be reallocated to maximize ROI and make more profitable and sustainable land management decisions. In other words, using this tool, producers can create and compare scenarios on their fields to determine which practices, rotations, or land management changes maximizes their ROI. [...]
Check out CDI's own Jack Boyer talk about his journey through building soil health and his experiences in this fantastic article! Find the article HERE.
Iowa’s Conservation Farmer of the Year, Chad Ide (fourth from the left), a Union County Farm Bureau member from Shannon City, received the keys to his John Deere 6E Series utility tractor September 10 at the Conservation Districts of Iowa annual meeting in Des Moines. read the full article here: https://www.iowafarmbureau.com/Article/Iowa-Conservation-Farmer-of-the-Year-Gets-His-Keys