Conservation Q&A

Conservation Q&A Learn about the many innovative ways farmers are creating solutions on their farms to improve Iowa’s land and water.

You’ve heard the terms: riparian buffers, cover crops, bioreactors. But what are they and how are they helping farmers make a difference in water quality? Check out the videos below to see the many innovative ways farmers are creating solutions on their farms to improve Iowa’s land and water.


Riparian Buffer

What is a riparian buffer? For one thing, it’s not only works well to keep nutrients from the field out of the watershed; it also looks great, too! See for yourself…


UAVs

Iowa farmers are innovators and it seems like every day, they find new ways to use cutting edge technology to improve the land and watershed. See what’s buzzing in farm fields across the state…


No-till

Farming has changed, and so has the way farmers prepare the land for planting. Now, many farmers embrace ‘no till’. See how it works…


Conservation Tillage

What is conservation or strip-tilling? Iowa farmers use of this conservation practice to protect the land is up 110 percent in the last 25 years. Take a look to see how it works…


Saturated Buffer

Iowa leads the nation in the number of conservation buffers, which naturally filter sediment and nutrients out of water. A saturated buffer is a relatively new conservation practice that allow scientists to monitor water that flows from farm fields after periods of heavy rain.


Wetlands

Wetlands are nature's sponges - filtering out nitrates and helping with flood control. Iowa farmers are working with conservation experts to restore Iowa wetlands.


Nitrates

Iowa farmers are innovators and it seems like every day, they find new ways to use cutting edge technology to improve the land and watershed. See what’s buzzing in farm fields across the state…