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Carney Family Farms field day will explore grazing cover crops – March 30, near MaxwellFor Release: March 16, 2017 Download PDF (91 kB) MAXWELL, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa and grazier Bruce Carney – in partnership with Land Stewardship Project, The Pasture Project and Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota – will host a cover [...]

March 16, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

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 [...]

March 15, 2017 

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Field day will explore grazing cover crops – March 28, near AlbionFor Release: March 14, 2017 Download PDF (89 kB) Wade Dooley Contacts: Wade Dooley | Glenwood Century Farm | (641) 751-4016 | [email protected] | https://glenwoodfarmdirect.com/ Meghan Filbert | Livestock Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | Outreach [...]

March 14, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

Are you grazing cover crops this spring, or plan to in the fall? If so, it’s important to check and see if your corn or bean herbicides have grazing restrictions. Some common herbicides do not allow for grazing of cover crops or crop residue. If you’re grazing covers this spring, look back at what herbicides […]

March 9, 2017 

BLOG POST

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 […]

 

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Time was when oats were included in the diet of nearly every single farm animal (aside from maybe the dogs and cats) raised in the state of Iowa. Cattle, dairy cows, horses, chickens, pigs and sheep all ate oats (and other small grains) at various stages of their lives. That time has now past, of […]

March 2, 2017 

BLOG POST

Diversifying Your Crop Rotation With Small GrainsMarch 1, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded Earl Canfield has spent the last two years relearning how to grow small grains in Iowa. He has researched machinery, production strategies, varieties and more. He and his family are working on how to best grow small grains while also seeking potential market [...]

March 1, 2017 

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Today I’d like to introduce you to two farmers: Jenny Quiner and Dusty Farnsworth. Jenny runs a ¼ acre urban vegetable farm in Des Moines while Dusty farms several hundred acres of organic and conventional row crops with integrated hogs and cattle. What do these two have in common besides their membership in Practical Farmers […]

 

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We recorded a handful of presentations at last month’s annual conference, and now they’re available on our YouTube channel. We’ll have a handful more posted in the coming weeks. You can find the PDFs of these presentations on our annual conference multimedia page. Keynote – “Pass It On” – PFI members Susan Jutz of Iowa […]

February 24, 2017 

BLOG POST

Harvesting, Storing and Feeding Rye to CattleFebruary 15, 2017 View Farminar Pre-recorded Jim Larson, of Sioux Rapids plants a rye cover crop ahead of soybeans, then makes ryelage to feed to his beef cattle. Whenever Jim has harvesting questions, he contacts Pat Jones, a dairy farmer in Spencer, Iowa, who plants rye ahead of corn [...]

February 15, 2017 

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