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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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“I can’t remember a time in my life when gardening wasn’t part of my life,” said Darla Eeten of Good Eetens Produce Farms. Darla and her husband Michael run the all natural produce farm on 12 acres outside Everly. They aim to sustainably produce vegetables, fruit and cut flowers with little to no mechanization and […]

October 5, 2017 

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Practical Farmers’ Cooperators’ Program. Since 1987, members have been conducting on-farm research to answer questions they have about their farming operations. It’s one of the ways we accomplish our mission: Strengthening farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information sharing. The Research Protocols forms outlining research projects for […]

August 2, 2017 

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This week on the show, we have Tyson Allchin of Allchin Acres near Columbus Junction. Tyson has spent much of the last 10 years of his life learning everything he can about mushroom cultivation. He’s grown a variety of different species of mushrooms, from oysters – which he says are the easiest to cultivate – […]

July 28, 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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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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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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