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Corn+Soybean Digest

Survey Finds Farmers Becoming More Sustainable

Farmers are adopting best management practices in record numbers, according to a survey just released by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) hailed this survey as further evidence that growers are doing the right thing.

Among the results:

* More than three-quarters of those responding have conservation plans.
* Three out of five have fully adopted nutrient management plans.
* More than half of row-crop producers who responded to the survey have fully adopted conservation tillage, nutrient management, grassed waterways and integrated pest, disease and weed management.

“Our growers know that successful farming requires proper stewardship of our land, air and water,” says David Ward, Chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team. “This further confirms that we are seeing positive trends, and we continue to employ increased fertilizer efficiency and reduced use of pesticides and herbicides.”

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