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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
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