Shared Learning Calls

Join Us for Small Grains Shared Learning Calls

Small grains shared learning calls are conference calls where you can listen and talk with other farmers and small grains enthusiasts. Each month our speaker(s) share experiences and production practices for 40 minutes, and then we open the floor for questions and discussion for the rest of the hour. Shared learning calls usually take place on the first Friday of the month from noon – 1 p.m.

We use Zoom to host these virtual events. To participate in shared learning calls, you can either join by phone or computer.

Boosting Forage Quality While Reducing Nitrogen Inputs in Extended Rotation

June 7 | Noon – 1 p.m.

20230907 122239Josh Hiemstra operates Hiemstra Dairy Farm with his wife, children and father in east central Wisconsin. The Hiemstras farm 790 acres, growing corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and other forage mixes. In addition to milking 180 Holsteins, they finish 120 head of Angus cross-bred beef cattle. Josh also does custom work, including making forages for other farms.

Through research trials and with the help of financial incentive programs, Josh has been focusing a lot of effort on reducing use of synthetic nitrogen inputs over the past several years. Join in our June shared learning call to hear how he is exploring the potential benefits of biological inputs and growing his own nitrogen with cover crops. He’ll also share some analysis of the nutritional qualities of his most recent forage crop.


2024 Shared Learning Call Schedule:

  • July 12
  • August 2
  • September 6

Receive reminders about future shared learning calls and get resources on small grain production delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for our monthly Small Grains newsletter.

Blog Recaps

Most shared learning calls are followed up with a blog recap. Read through our recent shared learning call recap blogs to see what you missed:

There’s plenty more than just the handful of blogs listed above! Check out the latest small grains resources.