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Winter Cereal Rye Cover Crop Effect on Cash Crop Yield: Year 8 is now available! This is a long-term project being conducted by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Between 2009 and 2016, 12 farmer-cooperators have contributed to 59 site-years of on-farm research to investigate what effect a cereal rye cover crop might have to […]

January 24, 2017 

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Practical Farmers of Iowa’s mission is to strengthen farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information sharing. One of the primary ways we accomplish this mission is through on-farm research as part of our Cooperators’ Program. Over the past few years, the investigation of cover crops by farmer-cooperators has dominated the program. Below I offer a review […]

July 19, 2016 

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An update to our “flagship” cover crop research trial is now available: “Winter Cereal Rye Cover Crop Effect on Cash Crop Yield: Year 7.” This is a long-term project being conducted by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Between 2009 and 2015, 12 cooperators have contributed to 53 site-years of on-farm research as part of this project. […]

June 7, 2016 

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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 

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Since 1987, the Cooperators’ Program has been Practical Farmers of Iowa’s vehicle for conducting on-farm research on the issues and concerns deemed most important by our members. The Cooperators’ Program is the epitome of what PFI is all about: Farmer-led investigation and information sharing. In 2015, 63 farmers took part in 35 research projects on […]

December 17, 2015 

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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 

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Follow this link to see the spring 2014 webinar series sponsored by SARE and produced by the American Society of Agronomy.

October 7, 2015 

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Hot off the press is a research report update to a long-term project being conducted by Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa. The project is being conducted on farms across Iowa and is comparing corn and soybeans following a cover crop and no cover crop. You can read the update here: “Winter Cereal […]

May 13, 2015 

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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 

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In 2013, Practical Farmers of Iowa started a yield data collection project for three reasons: 1. Iowa-specific production histories do not exist for most Iowa fruit and vegetable crops. 2. Lenders need more information to better assess the profit potential of these farms and the risk/benefit of lending to these farms. 3. Private and public insuring agencies […]

March 16, 2015 

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