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Conference for farmers planned for 2014... Save the dates and plan to attend!

We are partnering with 25x25 to share, in 2014, the findings of this project's research with Midwestern farmers. You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet and talk with other farmers, scientists and industry leaders who are testing and monitoring cropping practices for a changing climate in the Midwestern United States... More information...

State Nutrient Reduction Strategy: information Midwestern farmers can use

Dick Sloan, an Iowa farmer in Buchanan County, recently wrote to his local newspaper to bring attention to the portion of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy that provides tables that assist farmers in making nutrient management decisions. Table 2, for example, on page 6 of the strategy shows the potential impact of certain practices, like cover crops, on reducing nitrate loss and on corn yield based on literature review.  Farmers can see which practices have been shown to be most effective.

The document

Dick Sloan's article

Gazette nutrient article series

Iowa assessment of practices that work

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flowchart of project Field Tests

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Available to view and download: Year 3 Top Ten Accomplishments. Includes project findings to date.


New Report


Sustainable Corn BLOG

Farmers and scientists in the Corn Belt discussing cover crops, weather, tillage, drainage water managment and much more.


Sustainable Corn YouTube Channel


Project Partners

  • Iowa State University
  • Lincoln University
  • Michigan State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Wisconsin
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service, Columbus, Ohio
  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)


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