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German visit shows need to customize conservation to land

German visit shows need to customize conservation to land

Conservation and water quality programs need to be designed to fit each location instead of a one-size-fits-all regulatory approach, Iowa Farm Bureau members saw on a tour stretching from Hannover to Berlin, Germany, last week.

Climate and location each play a role in Germany’s cropping systems and nutrient management practices, the Iowans learned. Members of the Iowa and Illinois Farm Bureaus traveled to Germany to gain a better understanding of Germany’s soil health and nutrient management.

Unlike Iowa, which is a leader in corn and soybean production, Germany’s farmers rely on longer-term crop rotations consisting of crops like...




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