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Funding by Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Background Soil compaction and lack of fence are often identified by farmers as the two major barriers to grazing cover crops. While soil compaction can reduce crop productivity, issues can be avoided …


Publish Date
August 13, 2019

PFI Staff
Meghan Filbert
Cooperators
Bruce and Connie Carney
Rick Kimberley
Wade Dooley
Collaborators
The Pasture Project of the Wallace Center at Winrock International
Description

This project was supported by the Walton Family Foundation In a Nutshell: Cover crops are typically seeded near or after cash crop harvest in late summer or early fall in the Upper Midwest. Seeding cover crops at the …


Publish Date
June 26, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Fred Abels
Chris Teachout
Description

This project was supported by the Walton Family Foundation In a Nutshell: Interseeding cover crops to corn at the V4 stage has gained attention for its potential to foster successful diverse species mixes and generate more biomass than …


Publish Date
June 12, 2019

PFI Staff
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Cooperators
Chris Teachout
Michael Vittetoe
Description

In a Nutshell: Hybrid rye is a grain commonly fed to pigs in Europe. It is high in fiber and low in energy. Cooperator Tom Frantzen raised and incorporated hybrid rye into feeder pig rations in order to …


Publish Date
June 12, 2019

PFI Staff
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Cooperators
Tom and Irene Franzen
Description

By Hayley Nelson and Stefan Gailans This project was supported by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality, the Walton Family Foundation and AgSource Laboratories. In a Nutshell: Yield drag …


Publish Date
June 6, 2019

PFI Staff
Hayley Nelson
Cooperators
Wade Dooley
Dick Sloan
Description

Funding by Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 69-6114-15-009. In a Nutshell: Determining the optimal harvest window for 100% grass-fed cattle …


Publish Date
June 4, 2019

PFI Staff
Meghan Filbert
Cooperators
Bruce and Connie Carney
Dave and Meg Schmidt
Collaborators
Joe Sellers, ISU Extension
James West, retired ISU veterinarian
Description

In a Nutshell: Farmers were interested in the effects of integrating sheep grazing to their vegetable production beds during fallow periods. Two farmers completed experimental trials to evaluate the yields of fall brassica crops following a spring cover …


Publish Date
May 23, 2019

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Carmen Black
Mark Quee
Description

In a Nutshell: Farmers conducted high tunnel tomato variety trials comparing hybrid varieties Big Beef and Bigdena, and heirloom varieties Black Krim and Italian Heirloom. Key Findings At Lee Matteson and Rose Schick’s, Big Beef produced higher yield …


Publish Date
May 8, 2019

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Rob Faux
Lee Matteson & Rose Schick
Description

In a Nutshell: To meet customer demand, Iowa vegetable farmers need to grow lettuce during the hot summer months when lettuce, a cool-season crop, is most difficult to grow. Six farmers compared four lettuce varieties – Concept, Cherokee, …


Publish Date
May 6, 2019

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Jill Beebout
Carmen Black
Kate Edwards
Rob Faux
Jordan Scheibel
Jon Yagla
Description

In a Nutshell: Delaying cover crop termination date in the spring can result in more growth (and attendant environmental benefits) but could also result in corn yield drag. In this experimental trial, Arlyn Kauffman compared two cereal rye …


Publish Date
May 3, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Arlyn Kauffman
Collaborators
Alison Robertson, Jyotsna Acharya; ISU Plant Pathology and Microbiology
Description

In a Nutshell: Two farms provided enterprise budgets for cherry tomato production in 2018. Yield, revenue, net income and details about expenses and labor are reported by each farm. Key Findings The two farms were similar in their …


Publish Date
May 2, 2019

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Emma & Marcus Johnson
Derek Roller & Molly Schintler
Description

By Hayley Nelson and Stefan Gailans In a Nutshell: Waiting to plant organic, no-till soybean until terminating cereal rye by roller-crimping delays planting to late May. To try to plant soybeans earlier in roll-crimped cereal rye, Scott Shriver …


Publish Date
April 29, 2019

PFI Staff
Hayley Nelson
Cooperators
Scott Shriver