Dry farming ground in Iowa

(Photo: Iowa Soybean Association)

Imagine a day without water

October 20, 2022 | Devin Benish

Living without water sounds like a bad dream, but for some it’s closer to reality.

It’s why water stakeholders are coming together today to commemorate Imagine a Day Without Water - a National Day of Action that shows how essential and invaluable water is and what's being done to improve water quality.

Soybean growers in Iowa remain at the forefront of implementing practices that improve water for their communities. These practices include cover crops, no-till farming, bioreactors, oxbow restorations, saturated buffers and more. While a lot of progress has been made, there is still plenty of work to be done when it comes to improving water quality.

Learn more about the conservation practices being implemented by soybean growers and water monitoring practices through the collection of recent articles below.

Caring for the land through conservation
As the fifth-generation of her family to own the land and the third-generation woman landowner, Kathleen Hunt says she is doing what she can to help protect her family land.

Cover crop seeding after harvest
For seeding cover crops after your cash crop harvest, consider drilling and planting a winter-hardy crop.

Dive into water monitoring with ISA researchers
RCFI has published a Water Monitoring Report for farmers, landowners and prospective partners interested in implementing or learning more about RCFI water management efforts.

Oxbow work highlighted during recent tour
Restoring oxbows can offer a wide range of benefits, from the ecological such as providing an ecosystem for endangered wildlife; to the preventative, as oxbows can help remove nitrates before heading for a waterway.

What drainage water recycling can do for the fields and the streams
ISA and Iowa State University participated in Transforming Drainage – a multi-state study conducted throughout eight states to develop ways to re-envision how drainage is implemented across the agricultural landscape.