Person: Rick and Stacy Hartmann

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In a Nutshell
• Fifteen farms participated in fruit and
vegetable production recordkeeping
to date.
• The purpose of the project was to
create Iowa-specific production
histories for:
• producers to have baseline
comparisons,
• the advancement of crop
insurance options,
• and to provide information about
typical Iowa production for
lenders.
• Actual yields exceeded FSA-NAP
yield estimates for most crop
categories.

May 10, 2016 

RESEARCH REPORT

he Hartmann’s completed their 10th growing season as a certified organic vegetable farm in 2014. They have been able to create a stable, well-recognized farm allowing them to meet their financial and lifestyle goals. During this farminar, Rick will share how he and Stacy manage product and financial recordkeeping, and how this data impacts the decisions they make for their farm and family. Rick will work with beginning farmer Daniel Heldt to advise him on starting a recordkeeping system for his operation.

December 16, 2015 

FARMINAR

Fruit and Vegetable farmers use cover
crops to improve nutrient cycling
and control weeds for increased
production efficiency.
• Summer cover crops can be challenge
due to dry conditions.
• Four farms evaluated summer cover
crops to determine aboveground
biomass production, carbon and
nitrogen produced, effects on
subsequent cash crop germination
and effects on subsequent weed seed
germination.
KEY FINDINGS
• Summer-seeded cover crops produced
between 192 and 14,157 lb of
biomass per acre across the farms.
Species selection, location and days
of cover crop growth tended to dictate
biomass production.
• Not surprisingly, legume species
contained more N than nonlegumes,
though buckwheat also
tended to contain a large amount
of N.

December 5, 2014 

RESEARCH REPORT