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On Thursday February 2, Practical Farmers held a cover crop field day at Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa. Thirty or so attendees at the field day tuned in to the second webinar in the Agronomy Society of America’s “Cover Crops 2017 – Looking Beyond the Basics” series sponsored by SARE. Practical Farmers member Chris […]

February 3, 2017 

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All across Iowa, the landscape is starting to be dotted more and more with green fields in winter time. Just a few years ago, very few Iowa farmers were using cover crops in between their corn and soybeans. Today, many farmers say they want to use cover crops to reduce soil erosion from their fields […]

November 23, 2016 

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Over 30 farmers visited the Mingo Locker on October 15, for the second field day in a two part series. In September, the group visited Carney Family Farms to see grass-finished beef cattle that were ready for market. These cattle had been ultrasounded to determine carcass characteristics, which can be read about here. At the locker, […]

October 25, 2016 

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In late September, 28 farmers visited Carney Family Farms to learn about a project Bruce Carney has been conducting with PFI. Before the field day, Bruce ultrasounded a group of his grass-fed cattle twice, at one year and two years of age, to determine carcass characteristics. Each animal was measured to estimate ribeye area, fat thickness […]

October 17, 2016 

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When Steve Leazer speaks of the 4th generation now on the farm, he is not referring to the new robotic milking system installed 16 months ago, but perhaps he should. This addition to the farming system has improved the quality of life for his daughter, Laura Jones, who supervises dairy production on the farm. “For […]

August 29, 2016 

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Four generations of the Wilson family welcomed 65 guests to their field day on August 13. The focus of this year’s event at Seven W Farm, located in Paullina, was on diversity – poultry, pigs, dairy, beef, sheep, corn, beans, hay, small grains – and the role of each family member on the farm. Going Organic The […]

August 23, 2016 

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Perhaps a whopping 85 people showed up to this field day because beginning vegetable growers are eager to learn what issues need to be considered when spatially setting up a vegetable farm. Perhaps the large turnout was due to PFI having more members in Story County than any of Iowa’s other 98 counties. Maybe Julia […]

August 18, 2016 

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As the old saying goes, pigs are the mortgage lifters on the farm, which has held true at Crooked Gap Farm. The Book family has been farming for eight years; primarily raising Hereford hogs, but also heritage breed Dexter cattle, Katahdin sheep, meat rabbits and pastured poultry on 40 acres outside of Knoxville. 100% of […]

August 15, 2016 

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This unique field day gave attendees an opportunity to visit the farm of a beginning farmer in her 3rd year, then head down the road to visit the farm of her mentor who’s in her 40th year. Seeing the two farms side by side and learning about the relationship between the two farmers was an […]

August 10, 2016 

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It was a few years ago that Jon Bakehouse decided that what they were doing at Maple Edge Farm near Hastings in Mills County was not enough. “We realized that no-till corn and soybeans were doing a pretty good job at soil conservation,” Jon says. “But what good is that if we’re conserving a degraded resource?” It […]

August 4, 2016 

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