(Posted Tue. Jun 20th, 2017)

Keywords: conservation water quality

Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world, comparable to rainforest and coral reefs. Now, modern agriculture is trying to capture some of nature’s wetland magic as a means to manage nutrients on the farm.   State and national corn organizations’ staff that work on water quality issues recently toured the Franklin Research & Demonstration Farm near Lexington, Illinois, to learn more about how research into “constructed wetlands” might provide another serious tool to help farmers manage nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous.   The tour provided an educational opportunity for staff of the National Corn Growers Association and state corn staff representing Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio who met in Bloomington, Illinois, to discuss initiatives to promote voluntary nutrient-management programs.   A constructed wetland is a man-made wetland that acts as a treatment system that uses natural...

(Posted Tue. Jun 18th, 2013)

Keywords: Water Quality

June 18: To help corn farmers understand water issues and ways to enhance water quality on their farms, the National Corn Growers Association has added a video and an interactive educational module to its online learning tools concerning water quality management. “NCGA is dedicated to continuous improvement, education and supporting water conservation and input management,” said Dean Taylor, chair of the Production and Stewardship Action Team. “Our goal in producing these tools is to communicate the actual production related practices farmers are successfully implementing related to water quality.” The video, titled “Driving Change,” showcases NCGA members describing the practices they are implementing to enhance water quality on their farms and in their area. The 30-minute NCGA Water Issues Learning Module was developed to help farmers better understand water quality issues and best practices. Both tools reveal the major benefits in using best management practices, and stress...