Decades of Research, Changes and Improvements
Time: 1-4 pm
Food will be served after the Field Day
Ron and Maria Rosmann
Daniel Rosmann and Ellen Walsh-Rosmann
Rosmann Family Farm
1222 Ironwood Rd.
Harlan, IA 51537
This long-time PFI family continues to conduct research and add new enterprises – most recently, an on-farm store. Hear the Rosmann family discuss results of various on-farm research trials that guide their enterprise mix and farm management philosophy.
• Ellen and Daniel: Ridge-tilling sweet corn, potatoes, green beans, kale, radish and beets
• Infrastructure and management of a new 200-bird, barn-housed organic layer enterprise
• Comparison of organic and conventional sweet corn production, yields and profits
• Maria: Creating and managing an on-farm store, as well as product sourcing and work toward an on-site processing kitchen
• Ron: On-farm PFI research on organic swine feed efficiency, including feeder settings and adjustments
Ron, Maria, son Daniel and his spouse Ellen operate a 700-acre diversified crop, vegetable and livestock farm. The Rosmanns raise corn, soybeans, oats, barley, wheat, popcorn, hay and pasture as well as vegetables for a CSA, eggs and various cover crops. They have a beef herd of 90 cows and a swine herd of 40 sows. They market their meats through their on-farm store and other outlets, including Organic Prairie and Thousand Hills Cattle Company. This is the family’s 30th year using no pesticides and its 19th year of certified organic farming. The Rosmanns’ organic popcorn and CSA vegetables are marketed locally and regionally. Maria owns and operates Farm Sweet Farm, featuring the family’s products as well as local and regional products.
From the intersection of U.S. 59 and state Route 44 in Harlan, go 2 miles west on Route 44 to Ironwood Road, turn right (north) and drive 2.3 miles. The field
day is on west side of the road starting at the farm store (you’ll see the Farm Sweet Farm store sign).