Soil experts are advising Iowa farmers to let their drought-degraded soil rest this fall. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that the experts say tilling the soil soon after harvest will further dry the topsoil and raise the potential for erosion.
Decorah farmer Paul Johnson, who used to head the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, told The Gazette farmers "all remember the black ditches that used to be common in the winter when we did a lot of fall plowing. We need to be careful this year."
Jason Johnson says fall fertilizer application could be counterproductive as well. He says that because of the drought, crops didn't use all of the applied nitrogen. He says disturbing the soil will just help waste the leftover.
For the fifth time since 1997, Newell-Fonda's season will end in the state championship game.Now, the Mustangs can address their one piece of unfinished business -- winning a state title. Top-rankedMore >>
Newell-Fonda beat Colo-NESCO 65-34 in the 1A semifinals and will play either Janesville or Burlington-Notre Dame in the title game on Friday at 6 o'clock.More >>
The NAIA has announced the brackets for its upcoming Division II Men's and Women's Basketball National Tournaments.Morningside's men's basketball team, ranked 12th in the final regular season NAIA DivisionMore >>
The NAIA has announced the brackets for its upcoming Division II Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Tournaments in Sioux City and Point Lookout, Missouri.More >>
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