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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach...

AMES, Iowa – Using science-based research, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists are working to improve the quality of water throughout the state of Iowa. The use of saturated buffers in watersheds has proven to be a successful nitrate management practice.

ISU Extension and Outreach has been forging partnerships with private land-owners in Iowa watersheds to establish saturated buffers. These buffers reduce the movement of sediment, phosphorus and nitrogen into surface water while redirecting water into the root zone of the buffer. See infographic

Wallaces Farmer ... "

In the end, it doesn't matter one bit if climate change is a natural cycle or a man-made problem; we have to deal with it," said Fred Yoder, a former president of the National Association of Corn Growers, who farms in Ohio." He and other farm leaders attended the North American Agricultural Journalists' spring meeting in Washington, D.C. Read more...

While Crop Rotations are Common, Cover Crops Remain Rare ...

Farmers have long known the benefits of varying the crops grown on each field form year to year in some systematic way. But farmers are just beginning to learn about the benefits of cover crops. Read this USDA Amber Waves article.

Global Temperatures Highest in 4,000 Years ...

Global temperatures are warmer than at any time in at least 4,000 years, scientists reported Thursday, and over the coming decades are likely to surpass levels not seen on the planet since before the last ice age. Read more of the March 7, 2013 New York Times article.




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  • retain carbon in the soil
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