Title Year Category
Description

In a Nutshell Eight fruit and vegetable farms provided a profit-loss statement and simple balance sheet for four years (2013 – 2016). Five of the farms averaged more than $24,000/ac in gross revenue for the 4-year period. Four …


Publish Date
June 18, 2018

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
8 PFI Fruit and Vegetable Producers
Description

In a Nutshell Four diversified vegetable farms planted strips of an annual flower mix. Farms assessed flower establishment and attractiveness to insects. Key Findings Buckwheat dominated the mix, providing early blooms but perhaps to the detriment of other …


Publish Date
April 12, 2018

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Jill Beebout
Alice McGary
Rob Faux
Sarah Foltz Jordan
Description

In a Nutshell Green manure cover crops best fit into extended and diversified crop rotations between the small grain and corn phases of the rotation. They can either be underseeded with a small grain crops in early spring …


Publish Date
January 17, 2018

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Doug Alert & Margaret Smith
Vic Madsen
David Weisberger and Mary Wiedenhoeft
Description

In a Nutshell Cover crops are typically either aerially seeded into standing crops around the time of physiological maturity in late summer or drilled immediately following crop harvest in the fall. In this study, two farmer-cooperators evaluated spring …


Publish Date
January 16, 2018

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Jeremy Gustafson
Chris Teachout
Description

In a Nutshell An earlier seeding date opens up the opportunity for more diverse cover crops like brassicas and legumes that need more time and heat units to grow than common cover crops like cereal rye. Two farmer-cooperators …


Publish Date
January 15, 2018

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Jack Boyer
Jeremy Gustafson
Description

In a Nutshell Grazing cover crops can provide economic returns to farming operations within the same year cover crops are planted. This study is in its third year and is being conducted by farmers in the North Raccoon …


Publish Date
January 4, 2018

PFI Staff
Meghan Filbert
Cooperators
Wesley Degner
Bill Frederick
Mark Schleisman
Description

In a Nutshell Six farmers compared three or four lettuce varieties, Coastal Star, Hampton, Magenta, and Muir, to determine which produces better during summer months (harvest July – Sept.) in Iowa. Key Findings Magenta had the highest yields …


Publish Date
December 6, 2017

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

In a Nutshell Feeding cows during the winter is the greatest expense for most grass-based operations. Grazing cover crops and stockpiled pastures provides low-cost feed during times farmers would normally be feeding hay. For many years, Dave and …


Publish Date
December 6, 2017

PFI Staff
Meghan Filbert
Cooperators
Dave and Meg Schmidt
Description

In a Nutshell Wild bird populations can thrive in properly managed working landscapes. Cattle activity changes grassland structure; creating areas with short and tall vegetation, which provides habitat that is less available in conservation areas. For some species, …


Publish Date
December 6, 2017

PFI Staff
Meghan Filbert
Cooperators
Bruce Carney
Description

In a Nutshell This project compares yields of fall brassica crops following a spring cover crop of oats and peas. In treatment plots spring cover was grazed by sheep; control plots were un-grazed. Key Findings There were no …


Publish Date
December 5, 2017

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Carmen Black
Mark Quee
Description

In a Nutshell Two farmers provided enterprise budgets for cherry tomato production in 2017. Cherry tomatoes were grown in a heated greenhouse (Ann Franzenburg), and an unheated high tunnel (Emma Johnson). Revenue and expenses, including a breakdown of labor, was …


Publish Date
December 4, 2017

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Ann Franzenburg
Emma Johnson
Description

In a Nutshell A roller-crimper presents farmers the opportunity to mechanically terminate cover crops without chemicals or tillage. This method is dependent on a large amount of cover crop growth and the cover crop reaching the flowering stage …


Publish Date
November 30, 2017

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Tim Sieren