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I had the chance to tag along to the Jefferson airport with the crew from Stott Aerial Spray and Bill Frederick of Iowa Cover Crop last week to shoot some footage for some upcoming cover crop videos we are producing. I cut together a little snippet, and thought some of you would be interested. For more info on where […]

September 25, 2017 


Small grains cost-share dollars are now available for farmers in Iowa, Minnesota and WisconsinFor Release: September 21, 2017 Download PDF (103 kB) Contacts: Alisha Bower | Midwest Cover Crop Associate | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] Sarah Carlson | Midwest Cover Crops Director | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 [...]

September 21, 2017 


We have the second video presentation up from last month’s conference – “Rotationally Raised: Making Small Grains Work”. This presentation is by South Dakota farmer Lee Brockmueller, who presented about how small grains benefit his crops, bottom line and livestock. His presentations cover all the basics of raising both winter wheat and oats, from variety […]

September 14, 2017 


For those who missed the field day on soil regeneration hosted by Chris & Janenne Teachout near Shenandoah on Aug. 29, or for those who want to re-acquaint themselves with some of it, check out the “highlight reel” we’ve compiled below. The video features Chris, as well as Dr. Jill Clapperton, discussing cover crop practices […]



For the final episode of the first season of On-Farm, we visited the farm of Maria and Ron Rosmann of Rosmann Family Farms near Harlan. The Rosmanns have been instrumental in many of the most important agricultural movements of the last 30 years: They were pioneers in organic livestock and row crops, and were among the […]

August 31, 2017 


Field day will explore organic crop and hog production, water quality practices – Sept. 9, near HarlanFor Release: August 25, 2017 Download PDF (106 kB) Ron Rosmann Viewing Rosmann organic corn Rosmann Family Farms Contacts: Ron and Maria Rosmann | Rosmann Family Farms and Farm Sweet Farm | (712) 627-4653 | [email protected] | Tamsyn [...]

August 25, 2017 


Field day will explore oat, hay and feed production, marketing – Sept. 7, DunkertonFor Release: August 23, 2017 Download PDF (119 kB) Contacts: Earl Canfield | Canfield Family Farm | (319) 269-0739 | [email protected] | Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] DUNKERTON, Iowa [...]

August 23, 2017 


In Iowa corn-soybean production systems, cover crops are typically aerially seeded into standing crops around the time of physiological maturity or drilled immediately following corn or soybean harvest. Previous on-farm research conducted by Jack Boyer has shown that seeding cover crops earlier in the fall can translate to greater fall and spring biomass. This may present […]



Seeding cover crops earlier in the
fall can translate to greater fall and
spring biomass and may present the
opportunity for more diverse cover
crop species selection.
• Early maturing varieties of corn (104-
105-day) and soybean (1.0 group) were
grown in southwest Iowa in an attempt
to harvest earlier in the fall and seed
cover crops earlier in the fall.
Key Findings
• Planting early maturing varieties of
corn and soybean generally did not
result in yield drag compared to the
late maturing varieties typically grown
in southwest Iowa. The exception
was in 2015 when the early maturing
soybeans yielded less.
• Cover crop biomass produced tended
not to differ between the early and
late maturity corn-soybean systems.
Seeding cover crops earlier in the fall,
following the early maturing corn
and soybean varieties, proved to be a



Throughout Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day season, we are spotlighting many of the PFI farmers who are graciously giving their time to share their knowledge at these events, as well as members who make the journey to attend them. Watch and “Practical News,” our weekly email newsletter, for details and updates! Teresa and Rodne […]

August 11, 2017