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Hometown Farmer: Conservation Conscious

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Harvest may have ended weeks ago, but you still might see some heavy equipment in a field near Lake Park, Iowa.

Jared Herbert farms a lot of ground that drains into Silver Lake, only a few miles away.

To help keep the water clean, he's putting in something a little different: a bio-reactor.

"It's a big trench that's filled up with wood chips and the tile drainage water runs through," said Herbert. "That takes the nitrogen out of the water and turns it into a gas."

This isn't the first time Jared's dabbled in conservation, though. You can find examples all over his farm.

He no-tills all of his land and he even plants something a little extra.

"By next springs, by the time we plant, it'll just look like a green lawn out here," said Herbert, pointing to growing cover crops in one of his fields.

He has been planting cereal Rye and tillage radish seed as cover crops for a few years.

Herbert even plants around five acres of food plots, forage for deer and other wildlife.

And according to him, leaving crops in the field isn't as expensive as you might think.

"You still get maybe a half to a third of the crop off it, so there's still some salvage value to it there," said Herbert.

He's one farmer using many methods of conservation, farming the land and hoping to make it a better place.

If you know of any farmers you think would be great here on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at jheller@siouxlandnews.com.

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