From the Field Profiles

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Reducing Runoff with Prairie Strips

Dan Stoffel worked with Sand County Foundation to plant prairie strips on his farm in southeast Wisconsin. With support from a SARE grant, Sand County Foundation was able to work with several producers to implement this practice which helps reduce runoff and attract pollinators.

Bale Grazing to Build Soil Health

Erin and Drew Gaugler are exploring and documenting the impact of bale grazing on their North Dakota farm. Outreach activities like their "mailbox tour" are helping the siblings share their findings with neighboring producers.

Heritage Grains for Craft Brewing

With support from SARE, a Minnesota farmer learned that Conlon barley, Paul hulless oats, and Red Fife wheat could be malted with good flavor for prize-winning beers.

Foodbanking and Farming with Ohio's Youth

The Foodbank, Inc. has distributed more than 4 million pounds of food since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, while helping area youth learn more about sustainable growing, local food systems, and food insecurity.

North Dakota Farmers Pursue Soil Stewardship Through Cover Crops

THE CHALLENGE The practice of planting a cover crop holds many opportunities for farmers. Cover crops can build soil health, curb erosion, control weeds, improve water and nutrient management, and increase the bottom line. In North Dakota, they have the potential to reduce soil salinity by using excess water, which is a problem on hundreds […]

From Fallow to Field Peas

As farmers in western Nebraska face higher cash rents and property taxes, many want a more profitable, sustainable alternative to fallow for crop rotation. Strahinja Stepanovic, a University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension educator, received a SARE grant to find suitable crops for the mix. “Farmers in the semi-arid regions of western Nebraska (14–19 inches of […]

Partnering to Promote Cover Crops in Southeast Wisconsin

Cover crops can improve a farmer’s bottom line in many ways, whether it’s by lowering fertilizer needs, reducing weed and pest pressure, or boosting yields, but as with any investment, there are things to take into consideration when planning. Jim Stute is a farmer in southeast Wisconsin, and a crop and soil researcher with the […]

Using Drone Sensors for Site-Specific Nitrogen Application

From shooting photos from small planes to using a powered parachute with the help of a sport pilot license, Dean Stevens has been taking to the sky to catch a glimpse of his family’s southeast Nebraska farm fields for the better part of 30 years. With recent support from a $15,000 NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant, […]