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After taking a several month hiatus from our shared learning calls, in September we jumped back into the swing of things with a call on crop insurance options for small grains. Mark Gutierrez and Criag Christianson from the regional Risk Management Agency (RMA) office in Minneapolis joined us to review the available policies for these […]

September 19, 2017 


On August 17, nearly 80 people gathered in Ames to attend our first conference focused exclusively on small grains. We opened with lunch and a keynote from Don Halcomb, the chairman of the Kentucky Small Grain Promotion Council, sharing the history of how growers in Kentucky came together to create a small grains association and a […]

September 7, 2017 


By now, small grains have been planted and farmers have turned their attention to planting corn, and later to soybeans, but farmers must remember to continue to monitor small grains development during this busy planting time in order to achieve good quality grain. The March 10 shared learning call focused on best practices for fertilizer, […]

April 26, 2017 


When selecting any new practice, farmers must answer the question: Why am I doing this? What goal will this new practice help me achieve? For cover crops, the list of answers to the question is long: Hold soil and prevent erosion Scavenge and sequester soil nutrients (reduce leaching) Stimulate soil microbial activity Provide nutrients to […]

February 24, 2016 


On January 21-22,  around 85 farmers from across the state gathered in Ames to learn about small grains crops (oats, wheat & barley) from industry professionals, researchers and fellow farmers at the “Growing Good Small Grains” course prior to Practical Farmers of Iowa’s annual conference. Most Iowa farmers spend plenty of time thinking about plant populations, plant protection products and fertilizer requirements […]

January 28, 2016 


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 


Extending and diversifying a crop rotation to include a small grain presents farmers with the opportunity to also include green manure cover crops. These green manures can be seeded with the small grain or, alternatively, can be planted directly after small grain harvest in July. Three farmer-cooperators participated in a two-year trial in which each of […]

March 17, 2015 


Practical Farmers of Iowa has recently released a research report evaluating 18 cover crop entries across 13 locations in 2013-2014. You can read the full report here. This was the third iteration of a cover crop evaluation trial. You can also read the 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 reports on our web site. Nine cooperators across 13 […]

August 19, 2014 


We are considering allowing some rye to mature and harvest for cover crop seed this fall. How do I know if the stand is adequate? How much N should I apply?  We get this question a lot at the Practical Farmers of Iowa office. So many of our members now use cover crops in their production […]

April 24, 2014 


Feeding trial Succotash swine Project timeline: May 2012 – August 2012 Published: January 2, 2013 Download PDF (817 kB) View Fullscreen

January 2, 2013