.@Iteris_ClearAg Launches Next Gen WeatherPlot

Joanna Schroeder

Iteris has launched its next generation of WeatherPlot, a precision weather and soil analytics mobile app developed for seed and crop protection companies. The mobile app, designed for use in the field, provides the user with key environmental information. WeatherPlot is available in English and Spanish and can be used on iOS devices, Android devices and mobile web browsers. Built …

agronomy, Apps, Crop Protection, environment, Software, Soil, water, weather

Land Stewardship Launches Cover Cropping Calculator

Joanna Schroeder

Research is showing that cover crops such as perennial grasses can improve soil health, reduce run-off and potentially offer growers additional revenue opportunities all while improving the ag operation’s sustainability. But how can a grower better assess what the financial bottom line actually is should cover crops be implemented? This question now has an easier answer thanks to the Land …

Agribusiness, Cover Crops, Soil, water, Water Quality

USDA Awards $44.6M For Wetland Projects

Joanna Schroeder

The USDA is awarding $44.6 million through its Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership to support 10 projects in 12 states on private tribal agricultural lands. Receipts are providing matching funds totaling more than $4.3 million. In total, the projects will help to protect, restore or enhance 15,000 wetland acres in critical watersheds across the United States. “USDA is committed to protecting …

Agribusiness, NRCS, USDA, water

Cover Crops Council Hires Program Manager

Joanna Schroeder

Anna Morrow, a Purdue Extension educator, has joined the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) as program manager. In her new role, that began on July 1, 2016 as as staff member in Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy, Morrow will assist MCCC in meeting its goals of facilitating widespread adoption of cover crops across the Midwest for purposes of soil health, …

agronomy, Conservation, Cover Crops, Soil, water

AFBF Pleased with Supreme Court Ruling

Kelly Marshall

A unanimous Supreme Court ruling was handed down yesterday.  The law of the land says landowners may challenge the federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers over improper regulations designed to protect water. Landowners have attempted many times to challenge Corps rulings known as jurisdictional determinations, but the government successfully argued that those determinations were not “final agency actions” …

AFBF, Ag Group, EPA, water

Land O’Lakes Partners to Improve Water Quaility

Kelly Marshall

Governor Mark Dayton and Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO Chris Policinski are working together in a new public-private partnership on behalf of water quality in Minnesota.  The innovative project is the first of its kind, partnering the state with Land O’Lakes, as well as local farmers to improve and protect the water on their farms. “I thank Land O’Lakes …

Agribusiness, Land O'Lakes, water, Water Management

NCGA Joins Fight for the Nation’s Inland Waterways

Kelly Marshall

The National Corn Growers Association participated in Infrastructure Week, joining many other groups to point out the importance of the nation’s inland waterways. More than 60 percent of U.S. grain exports are moved by barge, making waterways of vital importance to agriculture. Farmers depend on the system to deliver crops to the global marketplace, and businesses rely on the rivers …

Ag Group, NCGA, transportation, water

Valley Irrigation Earns Recognition

Kelly Marshall

The worldwide leader in precision irrigation, Valley Irrigation, has earn the Groundwater Guardian Green recognition from the Groundwater Foundation.  This program honors organizations that implement, measure and document their groundwater-friendly stewardship practices.  They focus on company’s water and chemical use, pollution prevention, water quality and environmental stewardship. “The Valley management team worked closely with the Groundwater Foundation to achieve this important …

Agribusiness, Conservation, Irrigation, water, Water Management

Thirsty Land Debuts To Positive Response

Joanna Schroeder

As a hush came over the theater and the lights went down for the opening scene of the documentary Thirsty Land, the sound of rain pounding on the roof served as background noise. A bit ironic. Especially in light of meeting a community in California that has run out of water. Thirsty Land, directed and produced by Conrad Weaver, focuses …

Agribusiness, Audio, Movie Review, water, Water Management

Celebrating Soil and Water Conservation Week

Kelly Marshall

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is highlighting this week, April 24 through May 1.  The state as designed this week as Soil and Water Conservation Week.  He is taking this opportunity to recognized the importance of conservation practices to Iowa’s agriculture. “Iowans in our towns and on our farms continue to engage in water quality and soil conservation efforts. …

Conservation, Soil, water