Conservation Practices Touted
Katie Micik DTN Markets Editor
Mon Jul 28, 2014 03:45 PM CDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (DTN) -- A National Resources Conservation Service agent dropped two clumps of soil into beakers. One began to fall apart and cloud the water. The other held its shape, and the water stayed clear.

"These are the exact same soil type. These have the exact same percent clay, the same percent silt, exact same soil type," said Shannon Zezula, Indiana State Resource Conservationist said. He added, "The difference is in management."

A decade of continuous no-till and seven years of cover crops helped one of the soil samples hold its structure. The other sample came from a conservation ...

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