Employing good conservation practices can create opportunities to rent more acres or negotiate more favorable lease terms by catching the eye of farmland owners, farmers said during a panel discussion on working with landlords to improve conservation.

“One thing I’ve learned is that people are watching me, and that has enabled me to grow my operation,” Benton County farmer Lance Lillibridge said during a seminar at the Iowa Power Farming Show. “In my opinion, that’s a pretty good return on investment.” 

Lillibridge started strip-tilling about 12 years ago after growing tired of seeing soil erosion on his conventionally tilled farms. 

“Getting rid of erosion was my big...