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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
Description

This project was funded by USDA-NRCS and Walton Family Foundation In a Nutshell: Jack Boyer has been planting a cereal rye cover crop in a corn-soybean rotation on his farm for six years. Because Boyer knows that a …


Publish Date
November 26, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Jack Boyer
Description

This project is funded by Walton Family Foundation & Albert Lea Seed House In a Nutshell: Six cereal rye varieties were screened at two Iowa State University research farms and one commercial farm. Key Findings: Hybrid varieties, Bono and …


Publish Date
November 19, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Matt Schnabel (ISU Nothern Research Farm)
Ken Pecinovsky (ISU Northeast Research Farm)
Wendy Johnson
Description

In a Nutshell: Sam Ose has been struggling with weed control in seed corn. He wondered if interseeding a cereal rye cover crop might help suppress weeds and tested two seeding dates: when the corn reached the V6 …


Publish Date
November 19, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Sam Ose
Collaborators
Description

This project was funded by Ceres Trust In a Nutshell: Farmers were interested in better germination and quality of lettuce seedlings during hot summer months. Three farmers completed experimental trials to evaluate the effects of pelletized seed and …


Publish Date
September 3, 2019

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Jill Beebout
Carmen Black
Kate Edwards
Description

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
Celize Christy
Cooperators
Tom and Irene Frantzen
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