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Jill likes the 2-wheel tractors for their size – they’re right for her farm, and for her. “I’m not a very large human being,” she says. “If a piece of equipment is going to fight me, I don’t have time for it. These machines are not intimidating; if you can run a lawnmower, you can […]

May 31, 2017 


Ahead of our annual conference last month, we held a short course titled “Conserving $$ and Soil.” Often the conservation of farm production input costs and soil might be considered at odds with one another. Soil conservation efforts are thought to cost money to implement and/or they might involve producing less which would in turn lose […]

February 1, 2017 


Last week, we released a new research report, “Cereal Rye Cover Crop Termination Date Ahead of Soybeans, 2016 Update.” The cooperators involved, Jeremy Gustafson and Jack Boyer, saw no ill effects of planting soybeans within 5 days of terminating a cereal rye cover crop. They were both able to reap some cost savings in weed […]

December 7, 2016 


Delaying cover crop termination until near soybean planting would allow for more biomass production by the cover crop in the spring presenting the opportunity for more environmental benefit. Two farmer-cooperators continued work they began in 2015 that compares terminating a cereal rye cover crop 2-3 weeks prior to seeding soybeans (early termination) with terminating the […]

November 30, 2016 


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 


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 


Eric and Ann Franzenburg hosted a field day in early August to discuss and demonstrate the range of farm equipment they utilize at Pheasant Run Farm near Van Horne, Iowa. The Franzenburgs began farming in 1992, producing corn, soybeans and hogs, but have since added medicinal herbs, cut flowers, berries and vegetables, as well as a diversity […]

August 24, 2015 


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 


Weed management on organic vegetable farms requires a lot of labor and time. Black plastic mulch is the standard option for keeping weed back, warming soil, and retaining soil moisture. However, black plastic leaves a mess to clean up at the end of the season, with few, if any, good options for responsible disposal. Because […]

April 29, 2015 


Free-Range Eggs, Organic Weed Management and On-Farm Energy are Focus of Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day July 7, near McCallsburg (Story County) For Release: June 21, 2012 Download PDF (198 kB) View Fullscreen

June 21, 2012