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4R Plus

Soil Health & Conservation Practices

Today, the business case for healthy soils is stronger than ever. Thanks to a better understanding of soil management, you know that healthier soil helps retain nutrients and moisture – and can generate a corresponding rise in productivity, profitability and resiliency. It also can increase the value of your Iowa farmland for the next generation.

 

4R Plus involves using precise 4R nutrient management and conservation practices to provide nutrients when the crop needs them, to enhance soil health, and improve water quality. The goal is to achieve a more productive crop now and in the future.

4R Plus:

It means dollars and makes sense

Today, the need to care for healthy soils is stronger than ever. Thanks to a better understanding of soil management, we know that healthier soils retain nutrients and moisture – and can generate a corresponding rise in productivity, profitability, and resiliency. The value of your land may also rise with healthier soils. 

4Rs

of Nutrient Stewardship

By implementing 4R nutrient stewardship practices, you optimize the nutrients you apply to maximize plant uptake and minimize field losses. Using the 4Rs allows you to keep the nutrients in the root zone and available when the crop needs them the most during the growing season.

4R Plus

Practices

Reduced Tillage

Reduced soil erosion by up to 90% compared to unprotected field surfaces. 

Cover Crops

Increase organic matter, increase microbial populations, reduce compaction, and more in your fields by implementing cover crops.

Waterway Protection

In-field and edge-of-field practices increase the resiliency and health of your soils. 

4R Plus

Videos

Set Goals With Your Trusted Crop Advisor

Shawn Richmond, director of environmental technology, Agribusiness Association of Iowa encourages farmers to talk with their trusted crop advisors about setting reasonable goals and determining the 4R Plus practices that help improve the soil.  Your AFS agronomist will assist you in choosing the best practice for your fields. 

Rething Tillage

Fayette County, Iowa, farmer Tim Recker is experiencing multiple crop and soil health benefits since changing his tillage system.  He says the less disruption to the soil, the better. 

Don't hesitate to contact us any time.

Our Plant Nutrition Agronomists are both 4R nutrient management specialists through the CCA program. Mike Perkins also serves on the advisory board of Iowa’s 4R+ initiative and is our 4R+ Specialist.

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