Saturated Buffers Are Key To Removing Nitrates

posted 1/14/2021

Lee Tesdell farms 80 acres near Huxley, Iowa, that have been in his family since 1884. To maintain such a legacy, he’s adopted a long-term view of sustainability and strives to make his farm an example of the impact conservation practices have on soil health and water quality.

Tesdell and row-crop operators Mike and Charles Helland work together on the farm’s management, which, over time, has grown to include a no-till corn/soybean rotation, cover crops, a waterway with native grasses, bromegrass buffer strips, a wood chip bioreactor, and prairie strips.

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