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Farmers invited to workshop on adding pollinator habitat – Aug. 20, TripoliFor Release: August 9, 2016 Download PDF (82 kB) Sarah Foltz Jordan, pollinator conservation specialist with Xerces Society Rob and Tammy Faux, Genuine Faux Farm Steve Schmidt A native bumblebee visits an aster flower. Contacts: Lauren Zastrow | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) [...]

August 9, 2016 

NEWS RELEASE

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

While selective breeding has improved
production of eggs or meat in different
duck breeds, some are considered
dual-purpose, producing both meat
and eggs acceptably.
• Given identical housing, environment,
management, and feed, any differences
should be due to breed of the
ducks.
• Which better fits the management
style of the Fauxes and generates the
best financial return?
KEY FINDINGS
• Muscovy ducks finished at a greater
weight and consumed less feed, generating
a positive net return.
• Appleyard ducks weighed less but
used more feed than Muscovys, but
were much better foragers and may
flourish in a lower-input system.
• Muscovys better fit the Fauxes’ existing
system and customer base, but the
Appleyards may have a niche in highforage,
low-management systems
or for customers preferring “wilder”
tasting meat.

April 30, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

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