An organizer of a new group says Iowa farmers are hurting themselves and theenvironment by not using conservation tillage. It’s the practice of leavingthe previous year’s corn stalks in a field to prevent soil erosion. Thenumber of farmers using the method dropped 25-percent in recent years.Tim Kautza is promoting I-R-M-P, the Iowa Residue Management Partnership. Hesays the group will be going directly to Iowa farmers to find out whythey’re abandoning the use of the conservation tillage method.Kautza says there are many advantages to using conservation tillage.For more information, call Kautza at (515)-284-6648 at the Natural ResourcesConservation Service in Des Moines.
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