The farmers that have adopted the principles of the 4R Plus program and conservation farming all have their reasons. They talk about the environment. Some are looking for a way to reduce nutrient inputs. They talk about soil and water health. The common reason is so that they can keep the soil on their farms healthy and have a viable business they can pass on to the next generation. That is the story of the Nechanicky family of Tama county.
Adam Nechanicky and his family farm in Northeast Tama county. He talks about the farm, its history, his hopes for the future, and the different farming practices they have implemented.
There is a creek that runs through the Nechanicky farm. When it floods, it tends to take soil and crops with it. Adam said he was sick of watching their soil wash away.
Adam says he decided to go with strip-tillage practices in his corn for fertilizer placement. He talks about the benefits he is seeing by using this practice.
Nechanicky talks about planting this year’s soybean crop. He plants directly into his cover crops, and this year was a little different from what he was used to, but he is still seeing some good results.
You can learn more about the 4R Plus program, conservation farming practices, and hear more stories of farmers like Adam Nechanicky and his family at 4Rplus.org.
The full interview with Adam will be aired on the August 1st, 2020 edition of Weekend Ag Matters.