A developmental approach to the adoption of low-input farming practices

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1993
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Roberts, Rebecca
Lighthall, David
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Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
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While it is true that a significant, growing minority of Iowa farmers are successfully adopting low-input systems such as ridge till— and are profiting as a result—the vast majority of Iowa farmers continue to practice conventional, chemically intensive methods. Moreover, there exists a counter-trend in Corn Belt agriculture toward no-till systems. While notill systems conserve soil resources, they often require more fertilizer and herbicides.

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