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Water Warriors: Jerry balances conservation with yields

Mid-October in Iowa – temperatures have dropped, leaves are changing, and harvest should be in full swing. Yet, there I sat with Jerry Peckumn in his office when he should have been out in the combine. Thirteen days straight of heavy rains in central Iowa seriously stalled the harvest of the state’s corn and soybeans crops.

Water Warriors: Water quality is everyone’s responsibility, according to Lehman

If there is one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that water quality improvement practices are key to solving Iowa’s water problem.

Aaron Lehman, a fifth generation farmer in Polk City, and president of the Iowa Farmers Union, has found using water quality practices on his farm to be extremely beneficial. Aaron and his family operate a small farm where nearly half of the acres are organic, and the remaining are conventional.

Conservation Boosts Iowa's Future Water Quality

Earlier this year, Iowa beefed up its "Nutrient Reduction Strategy" program to improve water quality, and farmers are weighing the costs and social risks of compliance. 

Iowa's water quality is at risk due to runoff from farmland, primarily caused by storms and crop tilling. Those activities send nitrates and other chemicals into Iowa's waterways, which cause downstream problems and a host of health concerns, including potential birth defects, cancers and thyroid problems. 
 

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