Member Priority: Field Crops

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While farmers have been getting busy planting, we PFI staff have been getting to work writing up resources to make sure the 2017 season is the best yet for cover crops. Check out these three NEW resources for farmers and crop advisers on the latest recommendations for cover crop selection and best management practices. Cover […]

May 22, 2017 

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Practical Farmers’ 2017 main field day season is almost upon us (our first event will take place this Sunday, May 21, at Blue Gate Farm). Over the coming weeks, to help highlight some of the many farmer-led learning opportunities this growing season — and the farmers hosting them — we’ll be spotlighting many of the […]

May 18, 2017 

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Field day will explore benefits of combining strip-till and cover crops – June 8, in HollandFor Release: May 17, 2017 Download PDF (117 kB) Fred Abels Strip-till rig Flyer about Fred’s June 8 field day Contacts: Liz Juchems | Iowa Learning Farms | (515) 294-5429 | [email protected] | iowalearningfarms.org Fred Abels | K & A [...]

May 17, 2017 

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Mark and Melissa Schleisman, of M & M Farms near Lake City, hosted 46 people on April 11. The sun was shining, cows were out grazing cover crops and a few newborn calves had just been born in a field of cereal rye. Mark came back to his family’s farm full time six years ago, after a career […]

April 26, 2017 

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By now, small grains have been planted and farmers have turned their attention to planting corn, and later to soybeans, but farmers must remember to continue to monitor small grains development during this busy planting time in order to achieve good quality grain. The March 10 shared learning call focused on best practices for fertilizer, […]

 

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On Thursday April 6, fifty-one attendees gathered in the Leighton Town Hall for a cover crop field day hosted by Ward Van Dyke. After tucking into a delicious lunch organized by Sandi Van Dyke, we dove into the management and benefits of cover crops. We stayed indoors and had several presentations inside to kick off […]

April 19, 2017 

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On March 30, a group of farmers got together to learn about grazing cover crops and the value cattle bring to crop fields. Bruce Carney, a cattle grazier who produces grass-fed beef, and Rick Kimberley, a row-crop farmer, are neighbors who live outside Maxwell, IA. They’ve worked out an agreement for Bruce to graze cover […]

April 18, 2017 

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On March 29, Jack Boyer hosted a field day to share his experiences and successes with using cover crops on his family’s farm near Reinbeck. Jack and his wife, Marion, are lifetime members of Practical Farmers. They raise corn, seed corn, soybeans and cereal rye for cover crop seed. They have been integrating cover crops into the […]

April 13, 2017 

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Using Sustainability Metrics to Capture Changes On-FarmApril 11, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Sustainable Food Lab launched a pilot project to meet the needs of small grain farmers in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin to improve production. As a part of that work PFI and SFL work with food and beverage [...]

April 11, 2017 

FARMINAR

Greg Rebman operates Rebman Farms near Frederick, Illinois, raising corn, soybeans, small grains and certified organic, rotationally grazed beef cattle on about 1,875 acres. He uses cover crops on some of his farm’s row-crop acres – and is interested in transitioning more acres to cover crops as a means of providing “holistic fertility” on the […]

April 7, 2017 

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