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Iowa State University Study Finds Return on Investment a Stumbling Block for Widespread Adoption of Cover Crops

March 12, 2018, 3:33 pm | Alejandro Plastina, Ed Adcock

Despite farmers’ positive perceptions about cover crops and the availability of cost-share programs to incentivize their use, an Iowa State University study shows the return on investment may be the biggest hurdle to overcome for widespread adoption of the practice.

Northwest Iowa Field Days Look at Integrating Cover Crops into Row Crops and Cattle

March 2, 2018, 2:50 pm | Erika Lundy-Woolfolk, Rebecca Vittetoe

Farmers and beef producers interested in learning more about cover crops and successfully integrating cover crops as a forage resource into their current beef and row crop enterprises are invited to attend either of two upcoming field days in Monona or Buena Vista County.

Demand for Soybean Drives Iowa Exports to China

March 1, 2018, 1:13 pm | Wendong Zhang, Ann Johanns

The ties between Iowa farmers and China continue to grow. Currently, one in every four rows of soybean grown in the United States is exported to China while Iowa’s former governor, Terry Branstad, is now the U.S. ambassador to the country. This growing partnership is the focus of a recent Ag Decision Maker article authored by Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist, and Minghao Li, postdoctoral researcher in Iowa State’s CARD.