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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.
Frost-seeding Clover into Small Grains with Meadowlark Organics
March 1 | Noon – 1 p.m.
John and Halee Wepking own and operate Meadowlark Farm and Mill in Ridgeway, Wisconsin, where they grow and mill a range of grains, including buckwheat, corn, wheat and rye. In an effort to maintain ground cover throughout the year and fix nitrogen in the soil, they frost-seed red clover into their small grain crop in early spring. Tune in to our March shared learning call to hear about Halee and John’s farming operation and learn how they can seed red clover and tine weed their small grains in one equipment pass.
Halee and John Wepking moved to Ridgeway, Wisconsin, in 2015 to work with and learn from organic farmer Paul Bickford. They gained farming experience and knowledge over the following years and eventually transitioned into ownership of the farm and business called Meadowlark Farm and Mill. Today, they grow and process a variety of organic crops and sell them, along with other local products, in their online store and at stores and cafes in Wisconsin and the surrounding Driftless Area.
2024 Shared Learning Call Schedule:
- April 12
- June 7
- July 12
- August 2
- September 6
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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:
- Getting Started with Kernza: Top Tips for Planting, Harvesting and Marketing
- Research Connects Soil Health Principles, Ecosystem Services and Climate Resiliency to Extended Rotations
- Incorporating Oats in Extended Rotations
- Feeding, Grazing and Growing Nitrogen With Red Clover
- Incorporating Small Grains in Livestock Rations to Achieve Regenerative Agriculture Goals
- The “Why” of Winter Barley, Plus 4 Tips on Winter Barley Double Cropping
- Making the Most of Winter Grains in an Extended Rotation
- Observations on Summer Crops, Small Grains and Grazing Covers
There’s plenty more than just the handful of blogs listed above! Check out the latest small grains resources.