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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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On a thunderstorm-filled day, the skies cleared just long enough to let the trees dry for an orchard walk and summer pruning demonstration at Buffalo Ridge Orchard in Central City. Buffalo Ridge now has 3,600 trees, which were planted incrementally over the last seven years. They also raise vegetables, which cash-flowed the orchard infrastructure (they have not taken […]

July 22, 2016 

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Soil conservation; water quality conservation; energy conservation. You name it, we covered it at Lee Tesdell’s field day near Slater on July 13.

July 18, 2016 

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On June 28, Virgil and Katrina Knobloch hosted 75 people on their 480 acre farm south of Bloomfield. For several hours, the group toured hundreds of acres of pasture, while Virgil explained how his grass-fed cattle help regenerate the land through the act of rotational grazing. Virgil’s Angus X Devon herd is adapted to the […]

July 13, 2016 

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On June 30, the Petersens hosted a field day near Knoxville to share how they have worked together to build a diverse crop and livestock operation that allows multiple family members to continue working on the farm.

July 11, 2016 

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Leading up to this June 23rd field day in Southern Iowa, a forecast of rain turned into a concern about the heat, but it ended up being a beautiful day for learning about flower production. Thirty-five people travelled down to Lamoni, situated just off I-35 on the Missouri-Iowa border. We gathered at Chad and Katie […]

July 5, 2016 

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On June 15, Billy Sammons, George Naylor, Joanna Hunter and Patti Edwardson kicked off Practical Farmers’ 2016 field day season. They had 110 people attend near Churdan to learn about using a roller-crimper to terminate a cereal rye cover crop ahead of soybeans. Both couples are transitioning acres into organic production. By using a roller-crimper, […]

June 22, 2016 

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Close to 50 people came to the Frederick family farm just south of Jefferson. Bill was quick to point out to the group that the entire family is involved in their operation, crediting parents, Al and Ann, and his wife, Melissa. Over the course of the day, we learned about the numerous enterprises on the […]

August 25, 2015 

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Long-time PFI farmers Doug Alert and Margaret Smith welcomed close to 60 people to their organic farm, Ash Grove Farm near Hampton, on July 7 to learn about beginning and advanced organic farming tactics. Chief among the topics discussed was terminating a cover crop with the roller-crimper method. It had been several years since Doug […]

July 14, 2015 

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