What are you doing to practice and promote soil and water quality?
On our family farm, we plant green into growing cover crops using no-till soybean drilling and strip-till corn planting methods to promote soil & water quality and control soil erosion. We apply nitrogen with our corn planter and also during the growing season with Y-drops. We promote and employ no-till farming methods on cropland we manage within our portfolio of professionally managed farms at our business, Sunderman Farm Management Company, where we offer professional farm management, farmland appraisals, and land brokerage.
What is being done in your county to support soil and water quality?
Webster County has an active Natural Resources Conservation Service office which does a remarkable job of promoting soil and water conservation, along with the Iowa Soybean Association and Practical Farmers of Iowa. We work closely with these groups on conservation topics such as cover crop funding, water quality, the conservation stewardship program (CSP), the environmental quality incentives program (EQIP), the conservation reserve program (CRP), and field-scale conservation projects & structures.
What could be done with more public funding for soil and water quality?
Public funding through cost sharing and project coordination is very helpful to encourage farmers and landowners to implement soil health practices and water quality measures. It is very important to protect and enrich our soil and water resources since we rely on them to produce the food and fiber needed for public health and wellness. We all benefit!