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Protecting Water and Soil By: 08/11/2014 @ 4:34pm

In early May, corn is up in a strip-tilled 45-acre field on the farm of Arlo and Claudia Van Diest near Webster City, Iowa. At the edge, water flows from an 8-inch tile outlet into Lower White Fox Creek. Any…

Erratic Weather Calls for Resilient Systems By: 08/11/2014 @ 4:24pm

Weather has always been the wild card in production plans. Yet, recent extremes suggest that weather is getting ever wilder, making management decisions harder and harder to peg. Amid all the volatility, some…

Confluence Videos By: 07/21/2014 @ 1:33pm

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How to Save and Build Soil By: 06/24/2014 @ 9:16am

There’s a saying farmland sellers use to entice buyers: “They aren’t making any more of it.”Well, there’s a little more to it than that. Centuries ago in the Amazon Basin of South America, natives…

Dust Bowl V.2: Hot, Dry Conditions Create Domino Effect By: 05/15/2014 @ 10:48am

The dust has settled, but for how long no one can be sure. At any moment, the winds may blow, moving the topsoil -- soil that took Mother Nature generations to craft -- even farther from its origin. One farmer…

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