Through the past 50 years of farming, Webster City, Iowa, farmer Arlo Van Diest has tried many different pieces of equipment and many different practices. His goal is to leave the land better for future generations.
From moldboard plows to chisel plows and now strip tilling and bioreactors, he has con-tinually worked for improving conservation on his 2,300-acre farm in north central Iowa.
"Putting in a bioreactor nearly three years ago was an easy decision for me because it was supposed to decrease nitrates in the water,” said Van Diest. "I’ve seen the benefits of the first one, with a nearly 70 percent reduction in nitrates in the water. I wanted to put another in to see if I would have similar success.”