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Field day will explore grazing practices for grassland birds – June 22, McGregorFor Release: June 6, 2017 Download PDF (108 kB) Mary Damm on Prairie Quest Farm Phil Specht Male bobolink_submitted by Phil and Mary Contacts: Mary Damm | Prairie Quest Farm | (563) 536-1170 | [email protected] | prairiequest.farm Phil Specht | (563) 873-2498 | [...]

June 6, 2017 


From a personal standpoint, I’m fascinated by insects and many other so-called “creepy-crawlies.” It’s mind-boggling to think of the vast number of insect species on the planet, the exponential way their population sizes outrank that of humans and just how long these animals have been around. (I’ve read that cockroaches, for instance, have remained virtually […]

December 9, 2016 


Farmer and agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren will teach how to harness insects on farms at Practical Farmers’ 2017 annual conference – Jan. 20-21, in AmesFor Release: December 8, 2016 Contact: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] AMES, Iowa — When farmer and agroecologist Jonathan Lundgren [...]

December 8, 2016 


Conservation Stewardship Program: Major Changes and Sign-Up ProcessNovember 23, 2016 View Farminar Pre-recorded The USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program is the largest conservation program in the U.S. with 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled. The program – intended to help producers improve soil and water quality and wildlife habitat on their farmland [...]

November 23, 2016 


Field day will explore how farmers can make cover crops work on their land – Nov. 16, near NashuaFor Release: November 2, 2016 Download PDF (88 kB) NASHUA, Iowa — Adding cover crops to farmland can offer numerous benefits, from improving soil health and reducing weed pressure to improving the quality of water entering local [...]

November 2, 2016 


Whether you farm in northwest Iowa or closer to the Mississippi side of the state check out one of three PFI soil health events the weekend of August 13-14.

August 3, 2016 


Fruit and vegetable farmers are exploring on-farm compost methods to lower their input costs, increase soil microbial diversity, manage waste and improve yields. Following up on a 2014 PFI study with Jason Jones and Siobhan Danreis,  Rob Faux (Bremer County) and Siobhan (Pocohontas County) held on-farm trials investigating the effect of compost extract on yield […]

July 7, 2016 


Last June, soil samples were collected from seven PFI farms across the state to assess the effect of cover crops on soil health using the Haney Test. These farms have been involved in a long-term cover crop research trial that has been a joint effort between Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa since the […]

March 21, 2016 


In a Nutshell
• 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.
• Farmer-cooperators seeded soybeans
10-14 days after terminating a cereal
rye cover crop and within 1 day of
terminating the cover crop.
Key findings
• Jeremy Gustafson and Jack Boyer saw
no difference in soybean yields with the
two cover crop termination dates while
Bob Lynch saw a small reduction with
the late termination date.
• Bob and Jack observed cereal rye residue
in the late termination treatment
to persist through the soybean growing
season holding soil in place and reducing
weed pressure.

November 23, 2015 


Cover crops can do great things for soil health, but who has the time or money to use them? Tom Ruggieri and Mark Quee do! During this farminar, these two vegetable farmers will share how they integrate cover crops into their production planning and farm goals, and discuss species, equipment, establishment and termination.

November 19, 2015