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Iowa farmers incorporate cover crops into nutrient management strategy

August 18, 2020

7 years ago, Roger and Wes Zylstra set out to improve their stewardship. By paying attention to their nutrient management and incorporating cover crops, they started down the path of adapting their management system to meet their soil health, yield, and economic goals.

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Mike Buis

Incorporating cover crops profitably on highly erodible land in West-Central Indiana

March 9, 2020

Mike Buis farms 3100 acres of rolling farmland just west of Indianapolis with his brother, Jeff. They own 1400 acres and rent 1700 acres. Most of Mike’s cropland is in a corn-soybean or corn-soybean-wheat rotation. Mike began working with the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) in 2016 to experiment with cover crops. On his SHP research field, he trials a cereal rye cover crop before soybeans, and an oats and radish mix before corn. Experimenting with cover crops on his SHP research field prompted Mike to integrate a wheat cover crop on 300 additional acres. We focus on the economic benefits of his wheat cover crop management practices because he has adopted the wheat cover crop at scale.

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