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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 

BLOG POST

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 

BLOG POST

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 

BLOG POST

Leaving Home, Flying Home The tall Pampas now strips, corners. Soy in bare fields. Each year easier to leave Bobolink’s goodbye Argentina. Wing beat by wing beat not knowing, following faith. Somewhere in Iowa the tallgrass waves. Still, for one more generation. Melody of meadowlark beckoning you? Beat by tired beat Home when you can […]

July 10, 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 [...]

June 28, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

Matt Schuiteman, of AJS Farms in Sioux Center, started planting cereal rye in 2006 as a “trap crop” for manure nutrients. He has experimented with grazing it, baling it and growing it for seed. Matt told 65 attendees at his field day on May 30, to get the most direct payback from cover crops, put […]

June 16, 2017 

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Frantzen Farm field day will showcase benefits, uses of hybrid rye and Kernza grain crops – June 29, New HamptonFor Release: June 15, 2017 Download PDF (106 kB) Tom Frantzen in his hybrid rye Tom with his pigs Contacts: Tom and Irene Frantzen | Frantzen Farm | (641) 364-6426 | [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | Outreach [...]

June 15, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

Practical Farmers’ 2017 field day guide is now available in print; features 32 farmer-led events across IowaFor Release: June 13, 2017 Download PDF (108 kB) Contacts: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] AMES, Iowa — Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2017 field day guide is [...]

June 13, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

If cover crops can successfully be established when interseeded into corn in June, this may permit farmers to use existing equipment (rather than high-clearance machines or airplanes); may permit the use of more diverse cover crop species; and ultimately may increase the amount of cover crop biomass produced. Last year, PFI farmer-cooperator Jack Boyer interseeded a […]

 

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If cover crops can successfully be
established when interseeded into
corn in June, this may permit farmers
to use existing equipment (rather than
high-clearance machines or airplanes);
may permit the use of more diverse
cover crop species; and ultimately
may increase the amount cover crop
biomass produced.
• Jack Boyer interseeded a 4-species and
6-species cover crop mix into seed corn
at the V4-V6 stage in randomized and
replicated strips.
Key Findings
• Both the 4-species and 6-species mixes
survived below the seed corn canopy
and produced similar amounts of
aboveground biomass by mid-October.
• The interseeded cover crop mixes had
no adverse effect on seed corn yield.
Project Timeline
2016

June 12, 2017 

RESEARCH REPORT