Central Iowa landowner Lee Tesdell implements many conservation practices on his family’s century farm near Slater. A recent field day showcased how he works with Iowa-based Rantizo to seed cover crops with drones.

On Monday, August 23rd, the Center for Rural Affairs, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District, and Rantizo hosted the “Cover Crops and Saturated Buffers: Teaming Up for Better Water Quality” field day. Tesdell says the event featured a demonstration of drones seeding cover crops, including a multi-species swarm seeding by Rantizo. He runs his farm under a landowner-tenant collaboration with operator Mike Helland. (…)