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  The use of roller crimper as a cover crop termination method has been attracting increasing interests among those who are interested in conservation tillage practices. The demonstration of roller crimper in action was the center of the field day titled  “Roller Crimper and Strip Tillage Field Day” hosted by Iowa State University (ISU) Department of […]

June 13, 2014 

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You’ve probably already circled and starred these sessions in your PFI Annual Conference brochure, but here are a few more tidbits about our horticulture speakers to whet your appetites. See you in a few weeks! Andy Dunham (Weathering the Weather, Saturday, 1:45-3:15) Laura Frerichs (In the Black: Eight Years of Vegetable Budgets, Friday, 12:30-4:30). Laura […]

January 2, 2014 

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“On-Farm: Conversations with Practical Farmers” is a new podcast from Practical Farmers of Iowa. Each week, I’ll interview a different farmer. We’ll hear from new and experienced; young and old; small and large; horticulture, livestock and row-crop farmers. We’ll talk with farmers about the issues most relevant to the farming community: the nitty gritty of […]

May 11, 2017 

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Have you ever wondered how they grow those giant veggies at the state fair? This week on the show, we have Marty Schnicker of Schnicker Specialities, who has your answers. Marty, who farms with his wife Mary near Mt. Pleasant in southeast Iowa, knows how to grow really big vegetables. He holds the Iowa State […]

July 6, 2017 

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We continue our celebration of Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Cooperators’ Program’s 30th anniversary with another installment of our “Better Know an On-Farm Research Project” series. Previously, we featured Vic Madsen discussing strip trials that investigated N fertilizer rates for corn and Dave Lubben discussing some of the biological and alternative amendments he tried for corn […]

May 4, 2017 

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Since 1987, the Cooperators’ Program has been Practical Farmers of Iowa’s vehicle for conducting on-farm research on the issues and concerns deemed most important by our members. The Cooperators’ Program is the epitome of what PFI is all about: Farmer-led investigation and information sharing. In 2015, 63 farmers took part in 35 research projects on […]

December 17, 2015 

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Many in the PFI membership know Rob and Tammy Faux of Genuine Faux Farm in Tripoli, IA. Though they are best known for their humorous wits and inquisitive farming practices, they have emerged as reluctant leaders standing up to pesticide drift. We have featured Rob and Tammy’s story before, most fully in a PFI farminar detailing […]

May 20, 2015 

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Beginning farmer Danelle Myer welcomed over 60 guests to her farm in Iowa’s far western Harrison County on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. The drizzly weather didn’t stop anyone from coming out to hear about her experience with the first five years starting up her diverse vegetable and herb farm, One Farm. Young and old, farmers […]

July 27, 2015 

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The Millet Seed Farm is located in Iowa City, on six plots that total about 1/5 of an acre. Jon runs a 30-week, 20-member CSA, most of whom live in the neighborhood. “The mission of Millet Seed Farm is to grow healthy food for ourselves and our local community using sustainable farming practices, and to provide […]

July 18, 2017 

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Jon Yagla of The Millet Seed Farm in Iowa City was our guest this week on the show. Jon runs this urban farm with his partner Wren Almitra in the Longfellow Historic Neighborhood of Iowa City. The farm consists primarily of a series of vegetable beds in yards in the neighborhood making up about a […]

June 15, 2017 

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