Ryan TiefenthalerCarroll, Iowa
Ryan is a farmer from Carroll. He grows corn, beans and also has hogs and sells cover crops.
What are you doing to practice and promote soil and water quality?
On our farm, we no-till soybeans into standing corn stocks; that helps a lot with soil erosion and weed suppression. We also implement the use of cover crop on our farm and that helps with soil erosion, soil temperature and nutrient management.
What needs for soil health and water quality do you see in your region/county?
Cover crops are always a good solution. I would also like to see retention ponds put in to help with flood mitigation.
What could be done with more public funding for soil and water quality?
I'd be a big fan of putting in water-retention ponds and recycling that water as an irrigation source.