What A Day: Stay Calm and Farm On
This farmer was getting a jump on spring fieldwork—until he realized the bridge through town wasn’t as tall as he thought. Getting stuck really let the air out of his tires—and it was just enough to squeak through.
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U.S. Farms Are Getting Bigger, Fewer in Number
The average size of U.S. farms increased by one acre in 2016 to 442 acres, according to USDA’s annual overview of farm property. At the same time, the number of farms dipped by about 8,000 to stand at just more than 2 million.
A survey of 321 Iowa soybean farmers show adoption of conservation practices spiked in 2016.
100% Farmers surveyed who say they use at least one method of conservation on their farm
77% Farmers surveyed who use four or more conservation practices, such as terraces, buffer strips, grassed waterways, strip tillage, bioreactors or saturated buffers
71% Farmers who practice no-till, up by 6% from the previous year
20% Increase in the number of farmers who planted cover crops versus the previous year—totaling nearly half of surveyed farmers
60% Farmers who say landowners should be directly involved in implementing basic