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PRAIRIE POTHOLES ARE USUALLY SMALL IN SIZE – but when farmed, these perennially wet spots on the landscape can have outsize implications for the environment and farm profitability. The Prairie Pothole Region extends from Canada south and east, through parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. In Iowa, many of these areas […]

October 18, 2017 

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Field day will explore organic crop and hog production, water quality practices – Sept. 9, near HarlanFor Release: August 25, 2017 Download PDF (106 kB) Ron Rosmann Viewing Rosmann organic corn Rosmann Family Farms Contacts: Ron and Maria Rosmann | Rosmann Family Farms and Farm Sweet Farm | (712) 627-4653 | [email protected] | facebook.com/rosmannfamilyfarms Tamsyn [...]

August 25, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

Field day will explore farm potholes, prairie strips in row crops – Aug. 31, JeffersonFor Release: August 16, 2017 Jerry and Tom Peckumn Contacts: Jerry Peckumn | (515) 370-0077 | [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] JEFFERSON, Iowa – Many Iowa farm fields [...]

August 16, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

Practical Farmers’ 2017 main field day season is upon us! Over the coming weeks, to help highlight some of the many farmer-led learning opportunities this growing season — and the farmers and farmland owners hosting them — we’ll be spotlighting many of the PFI farmers who are graciously giving their time to share their knowledge […]

June 8, 2017 

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Resilient Farms field day will highlight conservation practices, landowner’s role in stewardship – June 15, Red OakFor Release: May 31, 2017 Download PDF (107 kB) Maggie and Steve on Resilient Farms Maggie planting a sycamore, autumn 2015 Steve working on the farm Field day details — from 2017 field day guide Contacts: Maggie McQuown | [...]

May 31, 2017 

NEWS RELEASE

In a Nutshell
• Two farmers planted strips of flowering
herbs – anise hyssop, borage, and
lemon basil – with cash crops on their
farms. Pollinators in prairie strips were
also observed.
• Farmers evaluated characteristics of
the herbs and assessed pollinator use
of the herbs by doing transect counts
of pollinators during bloom.
Key Findings
• Neither farm had successful direct
seedings of anise hyssop (McGary had
success with transplanting).
• Borage filled out and flowered earliest
though it became top-heavy, fell over,
and had late-season weed management
issues.
• Lemon basil (and anise hyssop, at Mc-
Gary’s) had healthy, upright habits but
required more early-season weeding
at Hartmann’s.
• Small native bees had the most individuals
counted among all pollinator
groups observed on both farms.
• Hartmann’s lemon basil had the most
pollinators; at McGary’s, borage had
the highest average count.

December 7, 2016 

RESEARCH REPORT

PFI joined the Tallgrass Prairie Center (TPC) and Luze Family Farm, near Dysart, for a field day focused on establishing and evaluating prairie strips on farms.  Randy Luze first encountered the Tallgrass Prairie Center in 2011. Randy had experience with cover crops and terraces, but knew more could be done on the farm for conservation. […]

October 7, 2016 

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