Farmers are making strides in reducing nutrient runoff and looking at ways of regenerating the soil. The practices take on many forms, but all are essential to the future of agriculture. We need to be able to manage the resources that allow us to keep the soil healthy and vital for generations to come.
Many people and groups have been working hard to bring us new information and help us find programs that work best for our operations. One Iowa program recently received high honors for its efforts from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
Shannon Moeller has been involved with the Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crop Initiative. She has worked hard to educate producers on the options they have to do right by the soil and the environment. The efforts of the program did not go unnoticed as it was honored as one of two national winners of the Success in Environmental Stewardship Award. Moeller told us about the award when we caught up with her after a panel discussion at Commodity Classic.
Moeller gives us more background on the program, and the work they do throughout the year.
Moeller adds that retention in the program has been good. Once a producer finds a system that works, they tend to stay with it.
You can learn more about the Iowa Seed Corn Cover Crop Initiative by visiting their website.