Tag: soil health
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
December 8, 2016
November 23, 2016
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.
• 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
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