Indiana Implementing Soil Conservation Efforts Statewide

By Shelley Swearingen | July 16, 2020

Indiana is embracing recommended soil conservation practices in a major way. In 2019, 71% of corn acres and 76% of soybean acres were planted using no till or strip till practices in Indiana. Indiana farmers also used cover crops on roughly 950,000 aces in 2019.

The use of these practices resulted in the prevention of millions of pounds of runoff entering Indiana waterways:

  • 1.2 million pounds of sediment
  • 3 million pounds of nitrogen
  • 1.5 million pounds of phosphorus

This ‘trend’ is not exclusive to Indiana. Nationwide, no-till practices were used on 104 million acres in 2017. That exceeds double the amount from 2000: 51 million acres. Cover crops were seeded on 15.3 million acres in 2017.

Cover crops and no till/minimized till practices have been proven to work. Not only do these methods conserve the land, but they improve soil quality. And what does improved soil quality mean for landowners & farmers? Improved soil quality means higher yields, and higher yields means higher values assigned to farmland.

Geswein Farm & Land has been assisting landowners, farmers, foresters, and ranchers for over 40 years. We know that land is an investment, and caring for that land leads to a return on an investment. To see what your land is worth contact #yourlandman, Johnny Klemme, at (765) 427-1619 or johnny@edgeswein.com. 

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