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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 


“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 


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 


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 


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