Organic Row Crop Production and Mechanical Weed Control

Wednesday, July 17 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Sutherland, IA

In partnership with University of Northern Iowa

Paul MuggePaul will share his approach to successfully raising crops and managing weeds in an organic production system. Keys to success include crop rotations, mechanical cultivation and cover crops. This field day is appropriate for farmers considering a transition to organic production, as well as beginning and experienced organic growers.

RSVP by July 12

Note: This field day is the afternoon portion of a two-part field day the Mugges are hosting that is joined by a shared lunch (the first part will explore prairie and beneficial insect habitat on an organic farm). Attendees are invited to attend one or both field days.

HOSTS: Paul and Karen Mugge | (712) 446-2414 |


Paul and Karen farm 300 acres of certified organic crops. Their rotation consists of corn, soybeans, small grains and some legumes. Fall triticale is the current small-grains species in the rotation. The farm has been certified organic since 2001. In addition to organic crop ground, the Mugges’ farm has a mature, 17-year-old restored prairie, prairie strips established in 2015 and a new beetle bank installed with Xerces Society in 2018.


  • Extended crop rotations
  • Small grains and clover cover crop
  • Machinery for weed control
  • Flame cultivator

This event is sponsored by:

LOCATION: 6190 470th St. Sutherland 51058


NOTE: The directions for this event are incorrect in the printed field day guide. The correct directions are as follows:

From Sutherland: Take IA Hwy 10 for 3 miles west (it becomes U.S. 59). The farm will be on the right (north) side of the road, just past Taft Avenue.


Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP by clicking the blue button below. 

We take RSVP numbers to get an idea of the amount of food that we need to provide for the event. If you RSVP after the deadline but before the event, you are still welcome, but we cannot guarantee a meal.

RSVP by July 12

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