MAHASKA COUNTY — The No-Till November campaign has begun.
Mirrored after the cancer awareness “No Shave November” campaign that encourages people not to shave during the entire month, the Natural Resources Conservation Service campaign encourages farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop to promote soil health, while saving time and money. The campaign is specifically pushed during this time to encourage farmers to keep tillage equipment in their machine sheds this fall.
Farmers can save money through no-till adoption by reducing annual fuel and labor investments. Research also shows that additional gains from no-till adoption come from a reduction in soil erosion, increased soil biological activity and increased soil organic matter. These benefits can lead to additional economic gains for farmers over time.
To learn more about these principles, visit www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov or stop by your local service center for more information about integrating conservation practices like no-till into your management plan. Cost-share opportunities are available through the NRCS and South Skunk River/Cedar Creek watershed.