The spring planting season is upon us and farmers are racing to get crops in the ground.
So yesterday morning, host Ben Kieffer hopped aboard a tractor with Jim Sladek, of JCS Family Farms in Johnson County, to get his perspective on the start of a new season and the challenges he faces, including soil erosion. Jim also demonstrated the amazing amount of technology that can be used in farming today.
And, Ben Kieffer gets an in-depth look at the impact of soil conservation with agronomist Rick Cruse of Iowa State University, who says that this type of soil loss costs the state about $1 billion a year.
Cruse is also the Director of the Iowa Water Center at The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.