Research and Policy Director
(515) 232-5661 ext. 305
May 31st, 2013
May 17th, 2013
May 10th, 2013
May 3rd, 2013
March 25th, 2013
The Field Crops program at PFI works with farmers raising corn, soybeans, small grains, alfalfa, red clover and other perennials. Their systems range from conventional or chemical methods, to organic production, no-till, ridge-till, strip-till, or low-input. Many of these farmers use cover crops, green manures or animal manures. Farmers research and share ideas about new and exciting ways to improve the sustainability of their farming system while staying profitable. Field Crop farmers are still the largest group within the PFI membership. This group now has the opportunity to learn and share their farming tips with other types of producers like fruit, vegetable and poultry producers and graziers.
PFI provides farmers and agency personnel with information, anecdotes and research about adding cover crops to current conventional, organic or other farming systems.
PFI works with corn breeders and seed companies to combat the lack of choice of corn genetics in the marketplace.
In 2009 PFI farmers began testing non-GMO soybean varieties that were selected for their ability to have less aphid populations. PFI works with public soybean breeders from Iowa State and Blue River Hybrids to conduct this research.
Research & Demonstration