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Welcome to Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2020 field day season. As we enjoy the beauty of summer and fall in Iowa, and look forward to the abundance of food, feed, fiber and grain the land bestows, we are reminded that some things in the world are not cancelled or delayed by a pandemic. The land continues its seasonal cycles, and farmers continue their work to plant, tend and care for their crops and livestock.
As we all observe restrictions this summer to protect our families and communities from COVID-19, we at Practical Farmers remain committed to connecting farmers with one another to share knowledge and build resilient farms and communities. As this pandemic has revealed, this knowledge and spirit of cooperation is needed now more than ever as we work to ensure all farms can withstand the unexpected, and all communities have strong local food systems they can rely on.
Field days remain a foundation of PFI. Even in this time of precaution and social distancing, they provide an opportunity for us all to connect with one another: for farmers to learn from their peers; for non-farmers to deepen their connections to local food and farmers; and for us all to share in PFI’s vision of an Iowa with healthy soil, healthy food, clean air, clean water, resilient farms and vibrant communities.
While our field days will look different this year, we are confident these events will help you stay connected as you learn from one another about production, business and conservation strategies.
2020 Field Day Season
All events are in central standard time unless otherwise noted.
View the list of events below or check out the PDF version of the field day guide.
May – June
June 18: Beginning Farmer Virtual Social
June 24: No-Till Oat and Rye Production
June 25: Early-Season Organic Weed Control
June 30: Working Towards Farm Succession
July 1: Approaching Oats as a Cash Crop
July 16: Beginning Farmer Virtual Social
July 17: Farm Manager Panel
Aug. 11: Growing High-Quality Food-Grade Oats
Aug. 20: Beginning Farmer Virtual Social
Sept. 5: The Art of Grass-Finishing Cattle
Sept. 17: Beginning Farmer Virtual Social
October – December