Person: Rob Faux
March 8, 2017
A group of farmers and landowners gathered in Tripoli’s Bremer County Extension office to join PFI and the Xerces Society for a full day of pollinators and on-farm habitat. Sarah Foltz Jordan, a pollinator conservation specialist with Xerces, gave a presentation in the morning, discussing pollinator diversity, strategies for attracting different species, and examples of […]
September 29, 2016
Fruit and vegetable farmers are exploring on-farm compost methods to lower their input costs, increase soil microbial diversity, manage waste and improve yields. Following up on a 2014 PFI study with Jason Jones and Siobhan Danreis, Rob Faux (Bremer County) and Siobhan (Pocohontas County) held on-farm trials investigating the effect of compost extract on yield […]
July 7, 2016
Registration is now open for the 2016 Practical Farmers CSA Workshop Retreat, February 5 – 6, at the Pilgrim Heights Retreat Center in Montour. Attendees will be divided into an “Experienced” group (at least three years experience managing a CSA) and an “Exploratory” group (those in their first years or new to CSA management).
December 28, 2015
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
Objectives: 1. Determine if bi-weekly soil drench applications of compost extract affects yield of lettuce and/or carrot. 2. Determine if bi-weekly soil drench applications of compost extract affects deg. Brix of lettuce and/or carrot. 3. Inform best practices for storing compost, steeping extract, and applying extract drench to soil.
July 7, 2015
Objectives: 1. Evaluate performance of cover crop species and mixes as quick-turnaround covers in the field and the high tunnel (% cover, weed suppression, biomass). 2. Determine if quick-turnaround cover crops affect yield of the following cash crop.
Objectives for Peppers:
1. Determine if whole season, low growing white clover in the pathways next to pepper plants will impact the yield of peppers.
2. Evaluate the biomass, weed suppression, and percent cover of the clover in the pathways next to peppers.
Objective for Broccoli:
1. Evaluate the performance (percent cover, biomass, weed suppression) of three late season cover crops in the understory of broccoli plants.
Objectives for Cucumbers:
1. Determine if living cover in the sprawl zone of cucumbers impacts the labor time required for harvest.
2. Determine if living cover in the sprawl zone of cucumbers keeps fruits cleaner after rain.
3. Determine if cucumber plants prefer to vine toward living cover in the sprawl zone, or away from it.
4. Determine if living cover in the sprawl zone impacts yield.
This post is a little late in coming, since the Practical Farmers field day at Genuine Faux Farm was Aug. 17 — but better late than never! It was such an excellent field day, with a robust crowd — and even more robust questions — that it would be a shame to keep the knowledge […]
September 12, 2014
Consider this scenario: your farm is subjected to chemical drift from a neighbor’s application to their property adjacent to your land. What steps do you follow once this happens? Learn how an organic vegetable and livestock farm has responded (and continues responding) to pesticide drift.
February 25, 2014