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Wetlander's Pick of the Posts Research points to unprofitable land use

By Jane Fyksen – Agri-ViewGood Nel – February 2, 2016
A new study from a multidisciplinary team led by Iowa State University agronomists shows significant portions of Iowa farmland consistently lose money. The research could influence many farmers to change how they use some of the acres they devote to corn and soybeans. Elke Brandes, a postdoctoral research associate in agronomy and lead author of the new study, said spotty soil conditions and other agronomic challenges in fields across Iowa reduce yields enough to make some acres unprofitable. From a strict dollars-and-cents perspective, Brandes said the low yields produced on those acres fall short of the cost of inputs such as fertilizers and herbicides. For full story, click here.


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