Field-crop farmers are still the largest membership contingency at Practical Farmers. Learn about our work with these farmers to improve their profitability, stewardship and farmer-to-farmer community.
Field-crop farmers are still the largest membership contingency at Practical Farmers. The Field Crops Program at Practical Farmers of Iowa works with farmers raising corn, soybeans, small grains, alfalfa, red clover and other perennials. Their systems range from conventional to organic production, no-till, ridge-till, strip-till or low-input. Many of these farmers integrate livestock and cover crops into their production systems. Cover crops, small grains and soil health have been identified as priorities in recent years.
Corn and Soybeans
Practical Farmers provides farmers and agency personnel with information, anecdotes and research about adding cover crop to current conventional, organic or other farming systems.
Small grains crops like oats, wheat, barley, rye and triticale are seeing renewed interest by farmers in Iowa. Practical farmers members and others are generating information about how to source see, plant, manage and harvest these crops.
U.S. Testing Network
Practical Farmers works with corn breeders and seed companies to combat the lack of choice of corn genetics in the marketplace. The US Testing Network (USTN) is a group of independent seed companies, public corn breeders and private corn breeders who work with PFI’s Breeding Corn for Sustainable Ag network to test non-GMO corn hybrids across the eastern US. Their goal is to improve the quality and quantity of non-GMO corn hybrids available in the marketplace.
Annual Conference sessions
Insects and Soil Health – Jonathan Lundgren
Economics of Organic Transition – Craig Chase & Margaret Smith
Transition to Organic Crop Production – Matt Miller
Marketing Organic Grains – Margaret Smith
Organic Weed Control – Paul Mugge & Zach Knutson
How to Manage Weeds More Successfully– Matt Liebman
Growing High Yielding Organic Corn – Scott Shriver & Darren Fehr
Using Crop Rotation to Reduce Inputs – Adam Davis
Economic Analysis of Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems – Hanna Poffenbarger
We learn more by accident than we do on purpose – Robin & Kelly Griffeth
Living plants as solar collectors – Robin & Kelly Griffeth
Precision Farming and Organic Crops – Jacob Bolson & Roger Knutson