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This week on the show, Scott Ausborn stopped by the KHOI studios. Scott farms with his parents, Jack and Linda, where they raise corn, soybeans, hay and pasture as well as sheep and cattle. He also works for Blue River Hybrids, an organic seed company based in Ames, and he serves as board president for […]

June 29, 2017 

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After taking a break in May we got back onto our monthly small grains shared learning call on June 9. One of our pilot program farmers from Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, Mark Ditlevson, took the floor at the beginning of the call to discuss his fungicide and fertilizer regime for his small grains and his set […]

June 23, 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, […]

April 26, 2017 

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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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One of the benefits of small grains is that they are very versatile crops. As we discussed in our previous blog about variety selection, a farmer can have many different end uses in mind when planting a small grain. One of the uses is to bale the straw for sale or for their own use. […]

February 22, 2017 

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“Since the last people to grow small grains in this area were our grandparents or our great-grandparents a lot of small grains production [knowledge] seems like it’s through story telling. Some people say, well I’ve heard from my grandfather, that if you let small grains go down, it means they have a higher test weight. […]

January 27, 2017 

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In my new role at Practical Farmers, one of the really exciting projects I’ll be working on is developing a small grains marketing pilot. Practical Farmers has gathered a group of farmers and small grains buyers throughout Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to work through the logistics of growing and selling these crops in the upper […]

January 12, 2017 

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Extending the Rotation Beyond Corn and BeansNovember 25, 2014 View Farminar Pre-recorded Extending a common corn-bean crop rotation to three or more years by adding small grains can help farmers reduce input costs, manage pests and even out their workload. Dick Sloan, who farms near Rowley, started adding cereal rye back into his crop rotation [...]

November 25, 2014 

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CHECK OUT UPCOMING COVER CROP MANAGEMENT FIELD DAYS AROUND THE STATE OF IOWA. Thanks for the Iowa Learning Farm for organizing a great line-up of field days this spring! March 27–11a.m. : Joe Kriegel farm in near Malcom, Iowa, on Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Directions: The field day site is located at 1243 […]

March 19, 2012 

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