Title Year Category
Description

This project was funded by Ceres Trust In a Nutshell: Kathy Dice buried black and green tea bags in four diverse agroforestry sites, one wooded site, and one conventional crop field. Mass loss of the tea bags indicates …


Publish Date
June 17, 2020

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Kathy Dice
Description

This project was funded by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship – Water Quality Initiative In a Nutshell: The practice of cover crop grazing provides economic returns, and farmers wonder if benefits to soil health follow suit. …


Publish Date
June 17, 2020

PFI Staff
Meghan Filbert
Cooperators
Perry Corey
Wesley Degner
Bill Frederick
Zak Kennedy
Seth Smith
Mark Schleisman
Description

This project was funded by KWS and Albert Lea Seed. In a Nutshell: Hybrid rye is a grain commonly fed to pigs in Europe. It is high in fiber and low in energy. To evaluate the performance of …


Publish Date
April 30, 2020

PFI Staff
Celize Christy
Cooperators
Tom and Irene Frantzen
Description

This project is supported in part by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality. In a Nutshell: While maximizing the benefits of cover crops requires extending their growing period, prolonging …


Publish Date
April 13, 2020

PFI Staff
Hayley Nelson
Cooperators
Sam Bennett
Tim Sieren
Jon Bakehouse
Description

This project is supported in part by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality. In a Nutshell: Organic soybean producers are interested in strategies to reduce tillage and control weeds …


Publish Date
March 26, 2020

PFI Staff
Hayley Nelson
Cooperators
Margaret Smith and Doug Alert
Robert Alexander
Description

This project was funded by the Walton Family Foundation and Iowa Soybean Association In a Nutshell: Cover crops, primarily cereal rye, are typically seeded in late summer or early fall in corn-soybean production systems in Iowa. Sometimes, however, fall …


Publish Date
March 24, 2020

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Wade Dooley
Jeremy Gustafson
Description

This project was supported by Dr. Andy Lenssen, Iowa State University Department of Agronomy. In a Nutshell: Winter cover crops in corn-soybean production systems in Iowa are mostly limited to small-grains species like cereal rye or winter wheat because …


Publish Date
February 12, 2020

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Bill Frederick
Wendy Johnson
Rob Stout
Collaborators
Dr. Andy Lenssen, professor of agronomy, Iowa State University
Description

This project was funded by USDA-NRCS and the Walton Family Foundation. In a Nutshell This was the second year of on-farm research trials designed to evaluate planting corn in 60-in. row-widths for the purpose of improving the success …


Publish Date
February 4, 2020

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Fred Abels
Robert Alexander
Nathan Anderson
Jack Boyer
Jeremy Gustafson
Mark Yoder
Description

This project was funded by the Walton Family Foundation In a Nutshell: Based on previous on-farm research he has conducted,[1] Sam Bennett has seen evidence that a cereal rye cover crop can suppress weeds and reduce herbicide inputs …


Publish Date
January 29, 2020

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Sam Bennnett
Description

This is a joint project between Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa Learning Farms. Summary Farmers reported that in 63 of 70 site-years, properly managed cover crops had little to no negative effect on corn and soybean yield …


Publish Date
January 15, 2020

PFI Staff
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Cooperators
Bill Buman
Randy Caviness
Jim Funcke
Devan Green
Rick Juchems
Rob Davis & Darwin Pierce
Mark Pokorny
George Schaefer
Jerry Sindt
Rob Stout
Gary & Dave Nelson
Kelly Tobin
Collaborators
Iowa Learning Farms
Description

This research was funded by the following organizations: The Walton Family Foundation General Mills Grain Millers, Inc. Albert Lea Seed House Sustainable Food Lab Welter Seed and Honey Co. In a Nutshell: 16 oat varieties were screened at …


Publish Date
December 4, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Matt Schnabel (ISU Northern Research Farm; ISU Ag Engineering and Agronomy Farm)
Ken Pecinovsky (ISU Northeast Research Farm
Wayne Koehler
Collaborators
Margaret Smith, Albert Lea Seed House
Alison Robertson, ISU Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Description

This project was funded by the Walton Family Foundation In a Nutshell: Numerous products are marketed to farmers that promise to boost crop yields. Jack Boyer was curious about one such product – MycoApply – and tested the effectiveness …


Publish Date
December 4, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Jack Boyer