PUT IT IN WRITING
Southern Iowa landowner Virginia Reynolds wrote conservation requirements in her farm leases, which is providing soil health and erosion control benefits for her land.
Clarke County NRCS District Conservationist Dennis Schrodt (left) looks at soil maps with Reynolds, who was a 2018 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award recipient.
Reynolds’ tenant farmer seeded cover crops in fall 2017 to help the soil before planting beans the next spring.
PROTECTING WATER QUALITY
Reynolds’ farm is near the headwaters of the Rathbun Lake Watershed, near Weldon in southern Iowa.
Consulting with NRCS for helpful advice, Reynolds has added structural conservation practices in recent years, including these farmable backslope terraces.