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Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:45 AM CDT

The Berger farm, of southeast Iowa, proves that good land and water management can be found at the tail end of a tile line.

Last year, a statewide Iowa Soybean Association water-quality monitoring program determined that nitrate concentrations in the family farm's tile water were 31% below average for southeast Iowa and 51% below average for the state. The water tested well below the standard for nitrates in drinking water.

In Steve Berger's opinion, those results are his family's payoff for decades of no-till and cover crop practices -- the cover crops were an important addition to the farm's soil- ...

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