Did You Know?

There are more living things in a shovel full of soil than there are PEOPLE on the Earth!

Farms

     Did you know? 
Iowa grows more corn than any other state in the whole country!


 

Iowa also grows more soybeans than any other state in the whole country.

      

The main reason we can grow so many crops is our rich, fertile SOIL, which is some of the best in the world.  However, farms include more than just crops -- they are homes to livestock (cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, and more!), pasture land for grazing, trees that provide windbreak, and prairie grasses that help protect our soil and water resources.

There are many ways in which farmers can be good Conservation Pack members. 

Leaving residue (corn stalks or bean stubble) on the land helps protect from erosion.
Cover crops are planted in the fall; these protect the soil by acting like a blanket.

 

Prairie grasses can capture sediment and nutrients when planted as a buffer strip along the edge of a field or along a stream/river. 

Conservation practices like these will help protect Iowa's soil and water resources for years to come!  Check out these conservation practices and more when you watch Old MacDonald Had A Farm.

 

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