April 2011 //
Vol. 29 // No. 2
Jan 4, 2011
Wheat as a cover crop in Iowa protects soil from erosion and builds soil quality. A hidden benefit may be reduced nitrous oxide emissions from fertilized farm fields. Nitrous oxide is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Photo courtesy of USDA
// FEATURE //
No-Till, Rotation May Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A Purdue University study shows that no-till with crop rotations systems may substantially reduce nitrous oxide emissions from farm fields treated with nitrogen fertilizer.
// COVER CROPS //
Producers Share Successes with Cover Crops
CTIC hosted a networking meeting for producers to discuss challenges and successes with cover crop implementation.
// SUSTAINABILITY //
Pollinators Increase Profit, Decrease Risks
Economic and conservation benefits make the time right for creating and improving habitat for native pollinators.
// SUCCESS STORY //
Minnesota's Successful Nutrient Efficiency Conference
Minnesota's Nutrient Efficiency Conference, held in Rochester, Minn., attracted over 300 agricultural producers and other conservation professionals.
// NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT //
Producer Helps Lead Watershed Project
John Traub, conservation farmer, lends his expertise, leadership skills and conservation ethic to the success of the Indian Creek Watershed Project.
// CONSERVATION EVENT //
Northwest Ohio will Host CTIC's Annual Conservation In Action Tour
Plan to join CTIC's Conservation In Action Tour in Northwest Ohio, to begin with a social event on the evening of August 8, 2011. The tour will focus on solutions to issues such as increased algae, sediment and soluble phosphorus in the Maumee River and Bay and Lake Erie.
// NOTES FROM THE CHAIR //
Words from CTIC Past Chair Tim Healey
Past Chair Tim Healey turned over the reigns at CTIC's February board meeting in Nashville, Tenn. He shares his thanks and wishes for the future.
// MEMBERS //
April Medal Member Recognition
Our Medal Members make CTIC's mission possible. They fund our outreach initiatives, programs and projects. With their support we can provide workshops, field days, focus sessions and webinars for agricultural producers and their advisors. 
// RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY BRIEFS //
Research & Technology Briefs
This issue: corn crop sustainability and climate change, Land Initiative solutions to production issues, no-till and earthworms, methane digester adoption and the Conservation Reserve Program.
// CONSERVATION CALENDAR //
Conservation Calendar
View details of upcoming conservation agriculture events including CTIC's annual Conservation In Action Tour.