March 2024

March 12, 2024


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In this issue...

On the Cover
Megan Holz, Iowa Soybean Association farmer members and general manager of Iowa Cover Crop, says cereal rye is a popular among her customers. 

Executive Insights: Dark clouds forming
Recent trends in global soybean supplies, crush capacity and inflation create concerns within the soybean industry.
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Rural Route 2: A reason to celebrate
From birthdays to anniversaries, there is always a reason to celebrate overcoming challenges and achieving milestones.
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A decade of improving water quality
Ten years after its founding, the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance reflects on partnerships, growth and future goals.
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Four tips for spring cover crop management
The key to successfully managing cover crops is determining the best termination method and timing for your operation. 
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Five conservation myths debunked
Using data and experience, ISA debunks five common conservation myths preventing farmers from using new practices. 
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Leading the way in conservation
Jim O'Connell recognized for his industry-leading efforts to protect against soil erosion and improve water quality.
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Multi-year cover crop projects
By measuring yield stability, soil health, and biomass, RCFI determines benefits and risks associated with cover crops.
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Four planting tips to help achieve maximum yield
Consider these four planting tips before heading into the field this spring to help achieve maximum yields in the fall.
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Farming for the future
Iowa farmers utilizing cover crops in hopes of leaving the next generation with more nutrient rich and productive soil.
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SWOF grows through farmer-led efforts
The Soil and Water Outcomes Fund (SWOF) leverages growing partnerships to help farmers fund new conservation practices.
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