Planting green to help improve Iowa’s water quality — Iowa Farm Bureau

Published on Jun 07, 2016 by horsepowers

This spring, Humboldt County farmer Doug Adams planted soybeans into a tall, standing rye cover crop. The unconventional practice turned some heads around town and probably sparked some conversations at the coffee shop, but it worked. “In addition to the weed control, I also use the cover crops to use up any excess nutrients that were left over from last year’s crop, hopefully recycling those for this year’s crop or for future use, building more organic matter as well,” Adams said.