Farm Tours: Field Borders

Published on Jul 16, 2019 by Mollie Aronowitz, AFM

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As Peoples Company Land Managers complete mid-summer farm tours, they are visiting farms to assess crop vigor, monitor projects/repairs, and observe general curb appeal.  Notes from these tours are communicated with the operator and landowner and plans are made for tasks to be completed as needed through the end of the year.

Land Managers are also taking note of conservation practices at work or where there is opportunity for adoption.  Recently, I observed several field borders in central Iowa that effectively incorporated herbaceous and evergreen trees as field borders.  The two photos above show a row of small fruit-bearing trees and the photo below shows a row of evergreen cedar trees with healthy strip of brome grass.