U.S. soybean growers know that sustainability is a lifelong cycle on their farms, practiced every day of every season of every year.

Each fall, the American Soybean Association (ASA) invites farmers to tell the story of their conservation practices as they apply for ASA’s Conservation Legacy Award. This awards program showcases the farm management practices of U.S. soybean producers that are both environmentally friendly and profitable.

The economic value of cover crops can be hard to pin down, but Iowa farmer Mark Schleisman has a specific figure in mind: $76 an acre.