Published Dec 21, 2018

The Practical Farmer: Winter 2018

In This Issue

Ron Rosmann’s 10 Tips for Growing Small Grains in Iowa

A bad year for small grains spurred discussion on challenges and solutions

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Grow Your Own Nitrogen

How farmers are incorporating more legumes into their crop rotations.

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Honoring the Mentors

And remembering a teacher who helped and inspired many.

The Lost Art of Cultivation

Interest in organic farming is growing, and as it grows, the need for farming knowledge from generations ago returns to the forefront. Three farmers are bringing old techniques and technology back into the fold.

Feeding By-Products to Pigs

Food and beverage producers, such as breweries, dairies and orchards, actively strive to repurpose their waste products. For farmers raising pigs – which are resourceful animals that can use a wide range of feed sources – taking advantage of these by-products, often available at little to no cost, can help reduce feed costs and add varied sources of nutrition to pigs’ diets.

Upcoming Events

Annual Conference Short Course: Silvopasture
January 17, 2019
Scheman Building Ames, Iowa January 17, 1:00 PM – January 18, 11:30 AM
Annual Conference Short Course: Commercial Apple Orcharding
January 17, 2019
Scheman Building Ames, Iowa January 17, 1:00 PM – January 18, 11:30 AM
2019 Annual Conference: Cultivating Connections
January 18, 2019
Scheman Building Ames, Iowa January 18, 12:30 PM – January 19, 5:00 PM
Chestnut Growers Workshop
February 2, 2019
1875 Peach Ave. Madrid, IA 50156 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Mark Your Calendars for 2019 Winter Farminars
After a brief hiatus for the holidays, farminars are scheduled to return in early 2019. The first farminar of the winter series will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.