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Field day will explore cover crops in corn and soybeans – April 6, near LeightonFor Release: March 22, 2017 Download PDF (92 kB) Sandi and Ward Van Dyke Steve Berger Map of locations for April 6, 2017 cover crop field day Contacts: Ward Van Dyke | (641) 780-2960 Alisha Bower | Midwest Cover Crop Associate [...]

March 22, 2017 


“We have an infiltration problem, not a runoff problem.” This Ray Archuleta quote was much discussed on third and final installment in the American Society of Agronomy’s 2017 webinar series “Cover Crops – Looking Beyond the Basics.” The webinar, which took place on February 9, featured Anne Verhallen, a soil scientist from the Ontario Ministry of […]

March 21, 2017 


Field day will explore cover crops in corn and soybeans – April 4, near HancockFor Release: March 21, 2017 Download PDF (76 kB) Russ Brandes (left) speaks with Paul Ackley at a 2016 Practical Farmers field day. Contacts: Russ Brandes | Brandes Farms Inc. | (712) 579-0338 | [email protected] Alisha Bower | Midwest Cover Crop [...]



The first season of Rotationally Raised has come to a close. We hope you learned a lot about production, and that you’ve decided that small grains could work on your farm. That said, in this episode, we shift the focus a bit to include the bigger picture. Members of Practical Farmers of Iowa want to […]

March 17, 2017 


Brad Law is one of Practical Farmers’ out-of-state members. He farms with his wife, Megan, and their three boys (Gentry, 6; Porter, 3; and Sawyer, born Jan. 7, 2017) at Law Farms LLC, their 300-acre farm near King City, Missouri, in the northwestern part of the state. The family grows corn, soybeans, winter wheat and […]

March 16, 2017 


We don’t often think of our cover crops as gun slinging cowboys and cowgirls of the old west, staring down their pistols at villains of agriculture: diseases, insects, and weeds. But by the end of the webinar “Cover Crops and Pest Management: The Good and the Bad,” I was pretty convinced that while cover crops […]



Field day will explore cover crops in corn and soybeans – March 29, near ReinbeckFor Release: March 15, 2017 Download PDF (80 kB) Jack and Marion Boyer Contacts: Jack Boyer | J Boyer Farms, Inc. | (319) 345-2265 | [email protected] Stefan Gailans | Research & Field Crops Director | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) [...]

March 15, 2017 


Investor and Farmer PartnershipsMarch 15, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded More and more people are looking to invest in farms that are improving the environment and communities. What are those investors looking for? As a farmer, how do you figure out if working with individual investors or companies is the right fit? How can you make [...]



Cover crops are an important practice to sustain the natural resource base upon which agriculture depends, the soil. Cover crops help provide year-round cover to soils which not only reduces erosion from wind and water but also captures fugitive nutrients like nitrate-nitrogen and dissolved phosphorus before they pollute nearby water bodies. In the Cornbelt, farmers […]

March 13, 2017 


For farmers that grow small grains, the harvest is just the beginning. After harvesting the crop in July, the possibilities for cover crops to plant on that ground are endless. “The world is your oyster,” says Jon Bakehouse of Hastings. Because you can seed cover crops as early as July 1, there’s plenty of time for […]

March 9, 2017