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The fifth and final iteration of Practical Farmers’ Cover Crop Variety Trial has just been released: Cover Crop Variety Trial, 2016-2017. As with the previous iterations, cooperators hand-seeded cover crops into small plots and assessed groundcover in the fall (prior to hard freeze) and the following spring (prior to termination). Cover crop entries studied in […]

July 28, 2017 

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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 practicalfarmers.org and “Practical News,” our weekly email newsletter, for details and updates! Wendy Johnson and […]

July 27, 2017 

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In a Nutshell
• Cereal rye, oats and other
small grains grass species
have been proven as effective
cover crops in cornsoybean
systems in Iowa.
• Cooperators screened grass,
legume and brassica species
for fall and spring groundcover
in hand-seeded plots
(7.5’ x 25’) across the state.
Key findings
• Cereal rye remains the
most consistent cover crop
providing fall groundcover,
overwintering capability and
spring groundcover across
locations.
• Brassicas generally produced
as much fall ground cover
as the small grains grasses
in the present iteration of
the trial.
• Hairy vetch and radish
performed better than in
past iterations, likely due to
exceptional growing conditions

July 25, 2017 

RESEARCH REPORT

Field day will explore how to profitably manage farm potholes – Aug. 3, Charles CityFor Release: July 18, 2017 Wendy Johnson and Johnny Rafkin Contacts: Wendy Johnson | Joia Food Farm | (562) 852-7044 | [email protected] | joiafoodfarm.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] [...]

July 18, 2017 

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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 practicalfarmers.org and “Practical News,” our weekly email newsletter, for details and updates! Robert and his […]

July 14, 2017 

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This week on the show, On-Farm was back on the road, this time stopping at Joia Food Farm near Charles City to talk to PFI Board Vice President Wendy Johnson. Wendy and her husband Johnny own and operate the farm, where they raise a little of everything, from chickens and turkeys to pigs and sheep […]

July 13, 2017 

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Field day will explore how to raise giant produce – July 15, Mt. PleasantFor Release: June 29, 2017 Download PDF (104 kB) Mary Schnicker with children and giant pumpkin Schnicker high tunnel and produce field Marty Schnicker’s state-record-winning watermelon Contacts: Marty and Mary Schnicker | Schnicker Specialties | (319) 254-8817 | [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | [...]

June 29, 2017 

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Free cover crops workshop at Grundy County Fair – July 19, Grundy CenterFor Release: June 28, 2017 Chris Teachout (left) with Bob Regan Doug Peterson, NRCS Interseeded cover crops Contacts: Denise Freeseman | NRCS | (319) 824-3634, ext. 3 | [email protected] | grundyiaswcd.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa [...]

June 28, 2017 

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Farmers invited on four-day bus trip to Dave Brandt’s farm in Ohio – Aug. 3-6For Release: June 28, 2017 Download PDF (106 kB) Dave Brandt Dave Brandt family Cover crops flowering on Dave Brandt farm Contacts: Meghan Filbert | Livestock Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | Outreach [...]

 

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According to Iowa State University, 53% of the farmland in Iowa is rented. That is to say, the majority of the farm acres in the state are farmed by people who do not own that land. That does not, however, mean that those who own farmland but don’t farm it themselves cannot do their part when it […]

June 26, 2017 

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