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We don’t often think of our cover crops as gun slinging cowboys and cowgirls of the old west, staring down their pistols at villains of agriculture: diseases, insects, and weeds. But by the end of the webinar “Cover Crops and Pest Management: The Good and the Bad,” I was pretty convinced that while cover crops […]

March 16, 2017 

BLOG POST

Dick Sloan farms near Rowley in northeastern Iowa. For the past two years, he has conducted on-farm research on soybeans grown from neonicotinoid-treated and untreated seeds, and found no differences in yield. As a result, he has been able to cut input costs on his farm. Matt O’Neal, research entomologist at Iowa State University, will discuss recent research on the possible negative impacts of neonicotinoids, along with management alternatives for growers.

March 9, 2016 

FARMINAR

Since 1987, the Cooperators’ Program has been Practical Farmers of Iowa’s vehicle for conducting on-farm research on the issues and concerns deemed most important by our members. The Cooperators’ Program is the epitome of what PFI is all about: Farmer-led investigation and information sharing. In 2015, 63 farmers took part in 35 research projects on […]

December 17, 2015 

BLOG POST

Delaying cover crop termination until soybean planting would allow for more biomass production by the cover crop in the spring presenting the opportunity for more environmental benefit. A newly released research report profiles the findings of farmer-cooperators who seeded soybeans 10-14 days after terminating a cereal rye cover crop and within 1 day of terminating the cover crop. The objective of this […]

November 30, 2015 

BLOG POST

Dave Schmidt, who runs Troublesome Creek Cattle Co. with his wife Meg near Exira in Audubon County, shared with me over email a small project they were trying on their farm involving rolling a cereal rye cover crop ahead of a summer grazing mix. I asked Dave to write a couple guest pieces for our […]

September 10, 2015 

BLOG POST

Dave Schmidt, who runs Troublesome Creek Cattle Co. with his wife Meg near Exira in Audubon County, shared with me over email a small project they were trying on their farm involving rolling a cereal rye cover crop ahead of a summer grazing mix. I asked Dave to write a guest piece for our blog […]

June 15, 2015 

BLOG POST

Back in December 2014, Practical Farmers of Iowa rolled out several research reports from on-farm trials conducted earlier that year. In the coming weeks, we plan on highlighting each of those research right here on The Practical Blog. One of those reports addressed the agronomic and economic effect of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean production. You […]

February 23, 2015 

BLOG POST

Flea Beetle Control in Eggplant Project timeline: March 2010 – September 2012 Published: January 9, 2013 Download PDF (1 MB) View Fullscreen

January 9, 2013 

RESEARCH REPORT

Fly Monitoring for Grazing Cattle – Preliminary StudyPublished: January 5, 2013 Download PDF (639 kB) View Fullscreen

January 5, 2013 

RESEARCH REPORT

Non-toxic, physical flea beetle controls, year 2 Project timeline: March 2011 – September 2011 Published: January 28, 2012 Download PDF (3 MB) View Fullscreen

January 28, 2012 

RESEARCH REPORT