January 29, 2018

Are You Better Than Average at Conservation?

“In the field of social psychology, illusory superiority is a cognitive bias whereby a person overestimates their own qualities and abilities, in relation to the same qualities and abilities of other persons”. The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is always fascinating. But one question was especially illuminating in this year’s survey. Farmers were asked, […]

August 28, 2017

Do You Have a Good Agronomy Doctor?

Six months ago, I went to the doctor for a check-up.  The doctor was blunt.  He told me I need to eat more fruits and vegetables, and exercise more. And most disturbing to me, he told me to lose weight!  At the time, I wasn’t very thrilled with his advice.  But I listened.  Since then, […]

February 6, 2017

Better Than Circling the Wagons

Circle the wagons… An expression “…traditionally used by 19th century American settlers traveling to the West in convoys of Conestoga wagons. When faced with attack, such as by hostile Native American tribes, the travelers would rapidly form a circle out of their wagons, bringing the [vulnerable]… to the center of the circle….This tactic was popularly […]

July 18, 2016

Choose Variety for Conservation

If you don’t care about the long-term results, then sure one size fits all… It seems like we have to learn the same lessons over and over. In 1986, I was a new District Conservationist in the Carroll Field Office in West Central Iowa. NRCS was just rolling out the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). In […]

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